‘We are Catholics here’: Burkini ban issues reaching boiling point in France

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By Paul Martin

24 Aug, 2016

Tensions are running high on the beaches of French towns introducing the controversial burkini ban. Public reaction seems utterly divided, with some accusing police of using “Nazi” tactics, while others support the move, shouting “We are Catholics here.”

Thirty-four-year-old Siam said she was asked to pay a fine or leave La Bocca beach in Cannes for wearing a headscarf in August, L’Obs magazine reported, but the news only appeared in the media on Tuesday.

The woman said she was wearing leggings, a tunic, and a hijab, explaining “I wasn’t planning to swim… I wasn’t there to provoke anyone.”

Siam, who is originally from Toulouse, told the magazine that she was approached by three police officers who told her to remove her veil or face a fine. One of them appeared to have something resembling pepper spray.

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