French Pool Bans Burkini-Wearing Swimmer

Carole, a 35-year-old French convert to Islam has threatened legal action after she was evicted from a public pool for wearing a “burkini” – a veil, trouser and tunic covering that she said allowed her to swim while preserving her modesty. The case revolving around the Emerainville pool east of Paris (Seine-et-Marne) has reopened France’s bitter debate about female Muslim dress.

The local authorities in Emerainville said the case had nothing to do with Islam, but regulations stated that garments bigger than standard swimsuits, including men’s board-shorts, could not be worn in pools for hygiene reasons.