A view toward the beaches of Cannes.
Mayor David Lisnard of the famous Riviera resort city of Cannes has banned the wearing of burqinis on its beaches, in an obvious rejection of a Muslim tradition that scares many non-Muslims because of the current link in many minds of Islam and terrorism.
The order says “access to beaches and for swimming is banned to anyone who does not have [bathing apparel] which respects good customs and secularism,” which is a founding principle of the French Republic.
We suspect that he won’t be the last Western mayor to back such an order.
“Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order (crowds, scuffles, etc.) which it is necessary to prevent,” the order says.
Cannes, of course, is home to the famous international film festival named after it. The order comes only a few weeks after a Muslim terrorist murdered 85 people in nearby Nice.
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