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Burkini swimwear banned in 3rd French town after tense clash

Another French town has banned the burkini.
Another French town has banned the burkini. (AP Photo, File)

PARIS – The mayor of a Corsican town has banned full-body swimsuits known as “burkinis” after a clash between local residents and Muslim bathers of North African origin.

Ange-Pierre Vivoni is the latest French mayor to prohibit the swimwear, which is worn by some Muslim women, in the wake of Islamic extremist attacks this summer.

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Vivoni said on France-Info radio Monday that the ban in his town of Sisco is aimed at calming religious tensions and protecting Muslims.

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Cannes bans full-body ‘burkini’ swimsuits from beaches citing security concerns
Cannes bans full-body ‘burkini’ swimsuits from beaches citing security concerns

The Interior Ministry says a clash Saturday in Sisco that left at least four people injured and three cars torched reportedly started over the presence of women in burkinis.

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Cannes and the town of Villeneuve-Loubet also recently banned the burkini. Critics say the bans are discriminatory and could worsen tensions.