Burqinis, full-body swimsuits usually worn by Muslim women, are officially banned on Cannes beaches.
Mayor David Lisnard recently signed a ruling that prohibits anyone from wearing a bathing suit deemed disrespectful of “good customs and secularism.”
The regulation goes on to say, “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,” Agence France-Presse reported Thursday.
Thierry Migoule, head of municipal services for the town, issued a statement to further clarify the ruling, which went into effect July 28.
“We are not talking about banning the wearing of religious symbols on the beach … but ostentatious clothing which refers to an allegiance to terrorist movements which are at war with us,” Mr. Migoule said, AFP reported.
Mr. Lisnard is a member of France’s center-right Les Republican Party.
France also bans full burqas and niqabs in public spaces.