Is France's Burqini Ban Here To Stay?
Proponents of the ban see it as a way to protect the country's secular culture.By Eugene Daniels | August 25, 2016
The ban on burqinis in French towns will either be completely legalized nationwide or struck down Friday. The State Council, France's version of our Supreme Court, will decide whether one of the controversial bans currently recognized in more than a dozen towns is constitutional.
To catch you up, burqinis are used by Muslim women who still want to cover up in accordance with their beliefs when they go to the beach or pool. Bans have popped up in towns all over the country, and one was upheld by a lower court Monday.
The ban before the court doesn't actually mention the word burqini, like most of them. It's actually a ban on anyone who wears swimwear that displays "religious affiliation" and "could create risks of trouble to public order."