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French PM supports local bans of burkini swimsuits

FILE - In this Aug.4 2016 file photo made from video, Nissrine Samali, 20, gets into the sea wearing traditional Islamic dress, in Marseille, southern France. The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits worn by some Muslim women from its beaches, citing security concerns. A City Hall official said the ordinance, in effect for August, could apply to burkini-style swimsuits. (AP Photo, File).
FILE - In this Aug.4 2016 file photo made from video, Nissrine Samali, 20, gets into the sea wearing traditional Islamic dress, in Marseille, southern France. The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits worn by some Muslim women from its beaches, citing security concerns. A City Hall official said the ordinance, in effect for August, could apply to burkini-style swimsuits. (AP Photo, File).

PARIS – France’s prime minister is expressing support for local bans of burkini swimsuits, saying the swimwear is based on the “enslavement of women” and therefore not compatible with French values.

However, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday in the La Provence newspaper that he’s not in favour of a national law against them.

Three French Mediterranean towns have banned the burkini, citing security concerns after a summer marred by extremist attacks. Critics say the bans are discriminatory.

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Valls said the swimwear represents a “provocation” and an “archaic vision” that women are “immodest, impure and that they should therefore be totally covered.” The Socialist premier also warned that the far-right is profiting from the burkini tensions.

Burkinis, which cover the head and body, are very rare in France.

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

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