World Bulletin / News Desk
Ten Muslim women wearing burkinis to the beach have been apprehended by police in the southern French city of Cannes.
Arguing that the burkini defies French laws on secularism, Cannes is one of three towns in France to have banned the garment amid tensions after a militant attack in nearby Nice killed 85 people on Bastille Day on July 14.
The moves have sparked an intense public debate, with Muslim groups calling them unconstitutional, divisive and Islamophobic. The Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, will rule on the legality of burkini bans in coming days.
The Conseil d'Etat, France's highest administrative court, will rule on the legality of burkini bans in coming days. France's prime minister, Manuel Valls, however on Wednesday said he opposed the burkini as an "enslavement of women" and a "provocation".
“That is not compatible with the values of France," he said in an interview with La Provence newspaper, although he fell short of backing a full national law against the swimwear.
"I support those who have taken measures [to ban burkinis]. They are motivated by the desire to encourage social unity," he said. "I don't think we should legislate on the issue. General rules on clothing restrictions cannot be a solution."
Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ağustos 2016, 11:11