Friday, August 05, 2016

French Mayor Will Ban Women's Swim Because of Required Modest Dress

In France, the mayor of Pennes-Mirabeau-- a town near Marseille with a large Muslim population-- says he will ban a swim day for women planned at a local park for next month.  According to an AP report yesterday, the event is planned by the socio-cultural group Smile 13.  Women swimming at the event will be required to be covered from knee to chest (awra) in accordance with Muslim notions of modesty.  Mayor Michel Amiel says the decision to call for women to swim covered up is a "provocative act" and risks disturbing the public order after the recent terrorist attacks in Nice and at a Normandy church. [Thanks to Scott Mange for the lead.]