Burkini (Burqini) Banned In French Cities

Sama Wareh walks along the sand dressed in swimwear designed for Muslim women Newport Beach, Calif.
Sama Wareh walks along the sand dressed in swimwear designed for Muslim women Newport Beach, Calif. Chris Carlson / AP Photo
Sama Wareh walks along the sand dressed in swimwear designed for Muslim women Newport Beach, Calif.
Sama Wareh walks along the sand dressed in swimwear designed for Muslim women Newport Beach, Calif. Chris Carlson / AP Photo

Burkini (Burqini) Banned In French Cities

The Burkini (Burqini) is a swimsuit that opened up possibilities for Muslim women who want to go to the beach, while not violating their religious traditions of dress. 

After a series of terrorist attacks, French cities like Nice and Cannes have banned the clothing, citing violations of France’s secular norms. Italy refuses to impose a ban. There are also reports around Europe of women being harassed and exiled from public establishments for wearing the Burkini. 

We talk about the controversy with Dr. Farid Hafez, a political science researcher at the University of Salzburg in Austria.