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Planned ‘Burqini Day’ sparks outrage in secular France

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 01:35 PM IST

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Marseille: Plans for a waterpark in Marseille to set aside a day just for Muslim women wearing burqinis — full-body swimsuits — sparked outrage in secular France.

  The “Pool Day” set for September 10 at the southern city’s Speed Water Park smacks of “dyed-in-the-wool communalism,” said Florian Philippot, a top advisor to far-right leader Marine Le Pen. The event is the brainchild of Smile 13, a women’s association in the port city, whose population of  two million includes 220,000 Muslims.

“This sort of event should be banned,” Philippot said, warning of a “risk of public disorder”.  Senator Michel Amiel — who is mayor of the northern suburb, Les Pennes Mirabeau, where the waterpark is located — saying he would seek a ban.

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“I am shocked and angry. I see this event as a provocation that we don’t need in the current climate,” he told the daily Aujourd’hui in the wake of two jihadist attacks that rocked France. Valerie Boyer of the right-wing Republicans party said, for her part: “There is nothing anodine about this. The battle of the veil is the visible expression of fundamentalists’ wish to mark their territory.”

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Published on: Friday, August 05, 2016, 11:32 AM IST