France’s complex commitment to secularism fuels burkini debate

France’s complex commitment to secularism fuels burkini debate

France’s highest court last week overturned a municipal ban on the full-body burkini swimsuit, a prohibition that ignited fierce debates with both sides claiming to uphold the French value of “secularism”. Citing the nation’s commitment to “secularism” (laïcité), the resort town of Cannes was the first to introduce a ban on full-body “burkini” swimwear earlier […]

France’s top court overturns burkini ban in Riviera town

France’s top court overturns burkini ban in Riviera town

France’s top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits in a southern French town amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches. The State Council (Conseil d’État) gave the ruling following a request from the Human Rights League and a […]

Trudeau rules out France-style burkini ban in Canada

Trudeau rules out France-style burkini ban in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday defended individual rights and freedoms while touting cultural diversity and tolerance when asked about a controversy swirling in France over a burkini ban. “We should be past tolerance in Canada,” Trudeau told reporters after meeting with his ministers to plan the government’s legislative agenda. Some lawmakers in Canada’s […]

Tensions remain high in Corsica after burkini beach riot

Tensions remain high in Corsica after burkini beach riot

A beach brawl between locals and families of North African origin in Corsica, reportedly due to photos being taken of women in burkinis, resulted in protests Sunday as tensions remained high. Saturday’s dispute erupted between members of “three families of North African origin and young locals”, prosecutors said in a statement, describing the clashes as […]