Burkini matter still not over in France

In 2016, my family was able to see for themselves how it was okay to walk around the beach bare-chested (also for women), but how covering thighs and upper body was considered reprehensible.

While several literal fires are taking place in France, a figurative fire is being lit in various parts of the country as to whether or not the body should be covered.

For a while, the debate around burkini‘s disappeared due to the Gillet Jaunes (Yellow Gillets), war in Ukraine and inflation, but now that the hot days are back and many people are cooling off in the water, the debate is back in full swing.

The Mayor of Grenoble is quite right in saying that if one cannot stand women covering their legs, then there is a problem, not with that woman, but with the person who does not tolerate such covering.

The French people still do not seem to see that “freedom” entails also freedom of religion and freedom of wearing or not wearing (certain) clothes.

In France the court has had to rule in the context of a secularism referral, a novelty of the so-called law “to fight against separatism”, introduced in August 2021.

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The municipal council of the south-eastern city of Grenoble, capital of Isère département, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes région, southeastern France (Dauphiné), southeast of Lyon, recently allowed religious bathing suits in swimming pools at the intercession of Green Mayor Eric Piolle, to the displeasure of conservative and far-right politicians who want a nationwide ban on the ‘Islamic’ body-covering swimming costume in public swimming pools. The city also voted to allow women to swim topless as part of a broader relaxation of swimwear rules. This reports the French news website France24.

After its ruling, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said Grenoble’s act had been “definitively overruled”.

“A victory for secularism and above all for the Republic,”

Darmanin said on Twitter.

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Additional reading

  1. Is Europe going to become a dictatorial bastion
  2. Controversial burkini issue in France not finished yet
  3. Women in France running with naked bosom all right but with covered bosom penalised
  4. Not limiting others but sharing peace with all
  5. From Guestwriters 2016 in review
  6. Look Out, It’s the Fashion Police
  7. You are what you wear
  8. Where’s the Outrage Over Nun Beachwear? – The Daily Beast
  9. Listening to the lessons of the Bible and looking for ways to please God



  1. Italy rules out Burkini and Burka ban fearing law could provoke terror attack
  2. Italy rules out burqini ban and wants home-trained imams
  3. Minister says burkini bans not right for Italy
  4. Just under 30 percent of French Muslims reject secular laws – poll
  5. Burkini riot leads to French ban
  6. France’s highest court overturns burkini ban
  7. French authorities ask woman wearing a sarong to leave public swimming pool
  8. Women in London protest burkini ban in solidarity with ‘veiled sisters’
  9. From France to Sydney, places to swim still a beachhead for bigotry 
  10. Nawaz: Both Sides Are Wrong in the Burkini Wars – The Daily Beast
  11. Where’s the Outrage Over Nun Beachwear? – The Daily Beast – Catholic nun in her summer habit
  12. ICYMI: Burkini would not likely pass the CAQ’s citizenship test, says Legault e
  13. The world is burning and France is fixated on burkinis
  14. Burkini ban challenged by Grenoble city council in top French court
  15. French court rules in favour of burkini ban
  16. French Senate adopts tougher provisions to controversial bill
  17. Burkini – A simple guide to buying the perfect Islamic Swimsuit
  18. Burkini – The Perfect Muslim Beachwear
  19. French National Assembly removes discriminatory provisions in separatism bill
  20. Beach, Bikinis and Burkinis
  21. Everything You Need to Know About Burkini
  22. No place for Muslim Women in Grenoble’s public pools, rules top French court
  23. Religious or secular prudishness – a symbol of renouncement of the ideal of perfecting the human spirit
  24. Top 5 Brands That Are Redefining Modest Swimwear Hijab
  25. France’s burkini ban affects all women – not just Muslims

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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