Red Ice News

The Future is the Past

Burkini-only pool party at French water park sparks outrage
New to Red Ice? Start Here!

Burkini-only pool party at French water park sparks outrage

Source: cnn.com

A burkini-only day for Muslim women at a water park in France has sparked outrage among some politicians and French citizens.

The event, organized by the women's community group Smile 13, is restricted to women wearing all-over swimming outfits "covering body parts from breast to knees" -- often referred to as a "burkini."

Boys under 10 are also allowed to attend the day at Speedwater Park near Marseille on September 17.

"The goal of the burkini is precisely not to tempt since it's a loose outfit," said Smile 13 on its Facebook page, adding that there will still be male lifeguards present at the park.

"Women wandering around in bikinis are more at risk for rape that's for sure," it continued.

Burkini day sparks criticism

The comments were criticized by Stephane Ravier, mayor of the 7th district of Marseille and member of the far-right Front National party.

"For the organizing association, not wearing a 'burkini' encourages rape... Typical Islamist speech!" he tweeted.

Similarly, Valérie Boyer -- who represents the Bouches-Du-Rhone region as a member of the center-right Les Republicains -- said in a statement: "Burka, chador, abaya, niqab, hijab, the name doesn't matter -- they constitute a confinement of the gender, a negation of the person, a prohibition of liberty, a prohibition equality, a prohibition of fraternity."

France's burqa laws

In April 2011, France became the first European country to ban wearing in public the burqa, a full-body covering that includes a mesh over the face, and the niqab, a full-face veil with an opening for the eyes.

Those breaking the law face fines of 150 euros (about $205) or public service duties. The law was upheld by the European Convention on Human Rights in 2014, after a 24-year-old woman brought the case to court, claiming it infringed on her religious freedom. The government also previously banned Muslim headscarves and other "conspicuous" religious symbols in French schools, in February 2004. The laws have been criticized by religious freedom advocates but supported by others who see the Islamic veil as demeaning to women and inconsistent with France's rigorously enforced secularism.

Is it legal?

As the burkini day is a private event, it is also deemed legal.

But that hasn't stopped Michel Amiel, Mayor of Pennes-Mirabeau, from issuing an order to the prefect forbidding the event as it could lead to public unrest, in comments made to French newspaper Le Parisien.

He told the newspaper that if the prefect found his order was not legal, he would refer it to France's Administrative Court.

Comments

We're Hiring

We are looking for a professional video editor, animator and graphics expert that can join us full time to work on our video productions.

Apply

Help Out

Sign up for a membership to support Red Ice. If you want to help advance our efforts further, please:

Donate

Tips

Send us a news tip or a
Guest suggestion

Send Tip

Related News

Paris Black Feminist Festival 'Prohibited' to Whites Sparks Outrage
Paris Black Feminist Festival 'Prohibited' to Whites Sparks Outrage
BBC Sparks Outrage After Airing Controversial 'Real Housewives of ISIS' Skit
BBC Sparks Outrage After Airing Controversial 'Real Housewives of ISIS' Skit

Archives Pick

Red Ice T-Shirts

Red Ice Radio

3Fourteen

Why Is France No Longer French?
Daniel Conversano & Timothé Vorgenss - Why Is France No Longer French?
Woman Suspended From Belfast City Council For Criticizing Islam
Jolene Bunting - Woman Suspended From Belfast City Council For Criticizing Islam

TV

Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren's DNA Revealed: Clearly A Native American Indian
Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren's DNA Revealed: Clearly A Native American Indian
Why Is France No Longer French?
Daniel Conversano & Timothé Vorgenss - Why Is France No Longer French?

RSSYoutubeGoogle+iTunesSoundCloudStitcherTuneIn

Design by Henrik Palmgren © Red Ice Privacy Policy