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Nice joins growing list of French cities to ban burkini

France's Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls is expressing support for local bans of burkinis, saying the swimwear is based on the "enslavement of women" and therefore not compatible with French values. (AP Photo, File).
France's Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls is expressing support for local bans of burkinis, saying the swimwear is based on the "enslavement of women" and therefore not compatible with French values. (AP Photo, File). AP Photo

The city of Nice, still shaken by last month’s deadly extremist attack, has joined a growing list of French sites to ban the body-covering burkini swimsuit.

Leading officials argue that the swimwear, resembling a full-body wetsuit with a hood, oppresses women and violates France’s secular principles. But many see the bans as discriminatory.

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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

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Nice was devastated when a truck driver attacked crowds watching fireworks on July 14, killing 85 people in violence claimed by the Islamic State group. About a third of the victims were from Nice’s large Muslim community, which is both in mourning and fearing a backlash.

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The Nice administration issued an order Thursday banning swimwear with religious connotations, citing security concerns.

Several other cities on France’s Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts have banned burkinis this summer.

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