The burqini bans have been in effect in several French cities and at least one mayor, in Corsica, will ignore the court order. Isn’t it time to start banning Muslims from France instead? Then you won’t have to worry about banning their slave-like clothing for women.
In a ruling, worthy of the most oppressive sharia courts, the French court said the ban on the full-body burkini swimsuits were ‘seriously, and clearly illegal’. Ange-Pierre Vivoni, mayor of the Corsican town of Sisco, claimed burkinis had sparked clashes between Muslim bathers and locals. He said: ‘Here the tension is very, very, very strong and I won’t withdraw it.’
A tribunal in the Riviera city had on Monday ruled a burkini ban in the nearby town of Villeneuve-Loubet was ‘necessary, appropriate and proportionate’ to prevent public disorder.
But the Council of State’s verdict will now provide a legal precedent for France. Patrice Spinosi, for the Human Rights League, said mayors in all towns which had imposed the ban should now be prepared to refund women who had been fined, and scrap their criminal records immediately.
Despite ministry of justice sources in Paris insisting that the case’s ruling would apply immediately across all resorts, some mayors said they would not lift the ban.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, on Thursday called for a full ban, as he warned that immigrants, minorities and the Left were threatening to destroy French identity.
In 2010, France became the first European country to ban the Islamic veil in public places, six years after outlawing the headscarf and other conspicuous religious symbols in state schools.
Security analysts have warned that the dispute will fuel jihadist propaganda groups like Isis, as they attempt to portray France and other Western countries as being at war with Muslims. (They ARE!)
Manuel Valls, the French Prime Minister, said he was not in favour of nationwide legislation but appeared to support the law in principle by claiming the burkini was ‘based on the enslavement of women.’
John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe director, said the French justice system should overturn ‘a discriminatory ban that is fuelled by and is fuelling prejudice and intolerance’. ‘French authorities should drop the pretence that these measures do anything to protect the rights of women,’ he said. (That’s right, why should anyone try to do anything to free Muslim women from the shackles of the abject misogyny that is Islam?)