Woman Banned from French Pool Over Modest Swimsuit

20-year-old lifeguard wears a burqini. Photo c/o Matt King/Getty Images
20-year-old lifeguard wears a burqini. Photo c/o Matt King/Getty Images

Modest swimsuits made headlines today as a Muslim woman was denied entry to a public pool in France because she was wearing a head-to-toe swimsuit, also referred to as a “burqini”.  The 35-year-old woman had swam previously at this pool in July wearing the same suit.

Officials say the outfit is unhygienic and potentially harmful to other swimmers.

The woman, a convert to Islam, has complained to police that the ban is discriminatory.
Source Vosizneias.com

In 2003, the burqini was designed by Australian woman Aheda Zinetti so that Muslin women could swim and still maintain their modesty.

Is it fair that the 35-year-old woman was banned for her choice of swimsuit?

What are your thoughts?

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8 thoughts on “Woman Banned from French Pool Over Modest Swimsuit

  1. i'm not entirely sure how this is unsafe… OR unhygienic. It's esentially a wetsuit, so what the heck is the problem? Wow. That's beyond not right

  2. if the Australians can see nothing wrong with a lifeguard wearing a Burkhini then how Petty are the French?

  3. I can't believe decades ago people were banned for wearing too little, now it's for wearing too much. I hope this has nothing to do with maintaining a French style status quo.

  4. the French have a rule banning any swimmig suit that can be worn in other occasion like trunks and boxer shorts for men, who have to wear a tight fitting swimming suit because some people have been wearing their swiiming shorts all day, in town etc, stiing in the sand, benches… and "contaminating" the waters with dirt and dust

  5. Can't trust decades prior individuals were banned for wearing too little, now it's for wearing excessively. I trust this has nothing to do with keeping up a French style the present state of affairs. Thanks!

  6. This is something that uncivilised or unacceptable. Just my personal opinion. She deserve what she want to wear as long as do not bother others and she just want to enjoy herself in the water. Define potential harmful to other swimmer? It is wetsuit! Wetsuit material and also it is designed to be the wetsuit, just a proper way to cover it all. Please be moderate about this, just because media always portray muslim is bad, not all is bad. Well this article is released 8 years ago. Hope this kind of situation will not happen again in the future.

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