Women fined for wearing burkinis at French swimming pool
French authorities have fined a group of five women for wearing burkinis at a public swimming pool in Grenoble in a protest against anti-Muslim discrimination.
Police say they entered the Jean Bron complex, which is run by city authorities, with some wearing the full-body covering, causing management to evacuate other swimmers.
The women are part of an anti-Islamophobia movement called Citizen’s Alliance that disputes Grenoble’s city-wide ban on burkinis.
Burkinis are banned from many pools in France on grounds of safety and hygiene.
'We demand the right to choose our swimsuit'
The majority of pools in France also forbid loose swimming shorts for men and expect skin hugging suits and hair caps to be worn by all swimmers.
The group posted a video of one woman managing to get into the pool with a comment saying they “disobeyed the discriminatory regulation by bathing with the swimsuit of their choice.”
“We are demanding the right to choose our swimsuit, whether covering, with long sleeves, short sleeves or even topless,” said the group.
They continued their protest outside the gates of the …
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