Australian burkini wearer was 'indecent': French mayor

Australian burkini wearer was 'indecent': French mayor

Frustrated by the reception she was met with at the beach, Ms Alshelh teamed up with a local Muslim woman to answer any questions the locals might have about the burkini.

France's highest court suspended the controversial ban on the full-body burkini swimsuit, in Villeneuve-Loubet, following challenges by human rights groups after women were forced to remove the garments in public view and ordered off beaches by armed police.

Zeynab Alshelh, aged 23, travelled to the French Riviera to protest the law which tells women they can't wear the full body swimsuit.

Many who opposed the ban brought up the valid point that just a few decades ago, women were arrested for wearing too little on the beaches, rather than too much.

"We were threatened by locals to leave the beach and if we didn't they were going to call the police", Alshelh told the channel.

"There shouldn't be a connection between terrorism and the burkini and there shouldn't be a connection between terrorism and Islam altogether", Akselh said. This policy was clearly an attempt to make Muslim women feel unwelcome in these locations, and some courageous women intentionally wore burkinis in banned areas to protest the ordinances.

"We were threatened by locals to leave the beach and if we didn't they were going to call the police".

Nice, where 86 people died in an Islamic State militant attack in July, was one of about 30 towns in the largely right-wing part of the country to ban the burkini on the grounds that it presented a threat to public order.

French Muslims also have a very young age profile: The study concluded that 84% of French Muslims were under the age of 50.

The response to their demonstration was "mixed", said Channel 7, with some passers-by reacting with condemnation and mockery.

"It starts off at the beach and God knows where it ends", Zeynab added to Channel 7, saying that while there was racism in Australia there were no bans on clothing.

Aheda Zanetti, the Australian woman credited with creating the burkini, said the swimwear represents freedom and healthy living, not oppression.

Burkini inventor Aheda Zanetti with her creations in western Sydney on August 19, 2016. "We are carrying out checks and they are in custody", the source said. The majority of people who identify as Muslim support strict French secular laws, however.

Another 60 percent said they were in favor of letting girls and women wear a head scarf at schools and universities which is forbidden at France's secular public institutions. "They are as bad as each other", she wrote.

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