This content is not available in your region

Burkini ban in parts of France provokes beach-themed protest in London

Access to the comments Comments
By Euronews  with Reuters
Burkini ban in parts of France provokes beach-themed protest in London

<p>A beach-party-themed sit-in has taken place in front of the French Embassy in London to protest against the burkini ban in some parts of France.</p> <p>At least 15 coastal areas in the country have forbidden clothing described as “overtly manifesting adherence to a religion when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks.”</p> <p>Already a contentious issue, further anger appears to have been sparked by an image in a right-leaning British tabloid, appearing to show armed officers standing over women on a French beach.</p> <p>Reports have emerged of women being told to remove elements of the burkini, or being fined for wearing them.</p> <p>“I’m here today because I think it is outrageous that Muslim women was [sic] forced to strip in public on a beach by armed police. I think it was an outrageous attack on all women’s rights to choose what we put on our bodies,” said one teacher who attended the demonstration.</p> <p>“We wanted to show solidarity with Muslim women in France and call for a repeal of the ban,” added India Thorogood, a co-organiser of the protest.</p> <p>France’s highest administrative court is to vote on the ban on Friday (August 26).</p>