News spread last week after photographs emerged of police in Nice confronting a woman for wearing an outfit ‘not respecting good morals and secularism’ (The Guardian).
The Burkini - a bathing suit designed for Muslim women which covers the body from head to toe became a media sensation back in 2007 (Fitzpatrick, 2009). Many have claimed that the French crusade against the Burkini is a misguided response to the wave of terrorist attacks the country has faced in recent years. However, on Friday the controversial ban was suspended by France’s highest administrative court who ruled that the ban “constituted a serious and manifestly illegal infringement of fundamental liberties” (The Telegraph).
The suspension has been deemed a victory by those who viewed it a ‘sexist’ and ‘islamaphobic attack’ on women’s rights. French right-wingers have been steadfast in calling for an extension of the Burkini ban, a garment which the group claims ‘incites provocation’ (The Guardian). In spite of the political furore reports suggest that Burkini’s have seen a recent spike in sales (MarketTamer), a silver lining to an otherwise gloomy cloud.