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Australian Forced off French Beach over Burkini Ban

MELBOURNE, Sept 20  – An Australian woman was forced off a beach on the French Riviera after beachgoers objected to her wearing a full-body swimsuit, or “burkini”, images broadcast on Australian television showed. Zeynab Alshelh travelled from Sydney several weeks ago with her parents to show solidarity with Muslims in France, equipped with Australian-designed burkinis

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Judge in French Riviera’s Nice Deals Further Blow to Burkini Foes

PARIS, Sept 4 – Attempts to ban burkini-clad women from the beaches of France’s Riviera coast suffered a further setback when a judge in the city of Nice declared the prohibition of the body-hiding swimwear to be illegal there. The verdict delivered on Thursday was the latest of several rulings against bans imposed by local authorities

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France’s Sarkozy says Would Change Constitution to Ban Burkinis

PARIS, Aug 29 – Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy said on Monday he would change the country’s constitution to ban full-body burkini swimsuits if he is re-elected to his former role in a vote next April. Positioning himself as a defender of French values and tough on immigration, the conservative said last week that he

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Anti-Burkini Law in France Would Worsen Tension: Interior Minister

PARIS, Aug 29 – A law banning the full-body “burkini” swimsuit in France would stoke tensions between communities and would be both unconstitutional and ineffective, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in an interview published on Sunday. France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, ruled on Friday against a decision to ban the burkini by

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French Court Suspends Burkini Ban, Controversy Goes On

PARIS, Aug 28 – A French court on Friday suspended a ban on women wearing full-body “burkini” swimsuits on a Mediterranean town’s beach but the prime minister said the debate was not over, calling the outfit a symbol of a “backwards, deadly Islamism”. The Council of State’s ruling against the resort of Villeneuve-Loubet is expected

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France, the Burkini and a “Battle of Cultures”

By Richard Lough PARIS, Aug 25 – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended a ban on burkinis in more than a dozen coastal towns on Thursday, saying France was locked in a “battle of cultures” and that the full-body swimsuit symbolized the enslavement of women. Photographs of armed police ordering a Muslim woman on a

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Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny Outrage

Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny Outrage The year’s hottest swimsuit—and its most controversial—leaves a lot more to the imagination BY Leah Mcgrath Goodman Ah, summer! Long days, blistering heat, cool dips in the pool. And the burkini. Yes, the burkini is a portmanteau for burqa, a robe-like garment popular with some Muslim women, and bikini, a two-piece bathing

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Third French Beach Town Bans Muslim Burkini Swimsuit

PARIS, Aug 15 – A Corsican seaside resort on Monday became the third French town to ban the body-covering burkini swimsuit worn by some Muslim women, following weekend scuffles on the beach. The cities of Cannes and Villeneuve-Loubet have banned the burkini, arguing that the garment, which leaves only the face, hands and feet exposed,

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