Six French Muslim women were fined and temporarily banned from swimming for wearing burkinis in a municipal swimming pool.
The incident occurred Wednesday at the municipal swimming pool in Grenoble where Burkinis are prohibited.
The women spent about 20 minutes in the water before being taken away by police who fined them. They were also banned from swimming for two months.
The Alliance Citoyenne de Grenoble organized the pro-Burkini action. “It was 20 minutes of happiness. People applauded us as we entered the water with our swimsuits covered, ”said Naïma, an activist, who said she“ was able to swim in a public pool for the first time in ten years. “.
There is no general ban on Burkinis in France, but around twenty cities have chosen to ban them. Many people in the country regard the burkini as a symbol of political Islam and incompatible with secularism.
Annabelle Bretton, Deputy Mayor of Grenoble, said: “We told them that we would always act this way with every such action, because we follow the house rules. They want us to change it, but right now it’s not on the agenda. We have already received them three times.
But the former mayor Alain Carignon was indignant: “The Grenoblois are deprived of their swimming pools. Two are already closed. There are also gangs that come to clash there. Grenoble is the only city where you have to register three days before on the internet to be able to swim. And now there is political Islamism which tries to impose the burkini in the swimming pools.