19:59 GMT +321 February 2018
Listen Live
    Tunisian women, one (R) wearing a burkini, a full-body swimsuit designed for Muslim women, swim on August 16, 2016 at Ghar El Melh beach near Bizerte, north-east of the capital Tunis.

    Former French Leader Sarkozy Calls for Nation-Wide Burkini Ban

    © AFP 2018/ FETHI BELAID
    Europe
    Get short URL
    0 68

    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for a nation-wide ban on the burkini.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for a nation-wide ban on the burkini, a type of Muslim swimwear that covers most of the woman’s body.

    "I refuse the burkini on the beaches of France and in the pools of France, I wholeheartedly support the mayors of both right and left, who, to preserve public order, have banned it," Sarkozy said on Thursday, as quoted by Europe1 radio, adding "I demand a prohibition law on the entire territory of the Republic."

    In fragments of an interview with the Figaro magazine, to be published on Friday, Sarozy, who announced on Monday that he would run for president, called the burkini "a political act" and "a provocation."

    Earlier on Thursday, French President Francois Hollande urged the French nation not to give in to provocations and to avoid stigmatization with regard to the issue of burkinis, amid heated discussions over municipal bans on the Muslim swimwear in parts of the country.

    The Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, is expected to make a ruling on Friday on the matter following a request by the French Human Rights League to cancel the burkini bans.

    Earlier this summer, burkinis were banned from municipal beaches in 15 French towns, including Nice that suffered from a deadly terrorist attack in July, which was reportedly carried out by a radicalized Muslim.

    Related:

    Burkini Ban Sparks London Uprising as Protesters Rally at French Embassy
    London Mayor Khan Condemns Burkini Ban in France
    French PM Valls: 'As For Me, Burkini is Symbol of Women's Enslavement'
    Tags:
    burkini, Nicolas Sarkozy, France
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment