NEWS BRIEF These images of four police officers fining a woman for wearing a burqini on a beach in Nice is the latest salvo in the debate in France over the bathing suit favored by some Muslim women.
The images taken Tuesday show four policemen approaching a woman lounging on the shores of the Promenade des Anglais, where the burqini ban has been in place since last week. Subsequent images show the woman—who is wearing a long-sleeved tunic, leggings, and a headscarf—removing her top layer of clothing as three policemen stand overhead, and one kneels down to issue a ticket.
The ticket, according to Agence France-Presse, said she was not wearing “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism.” The fine for defying the ban is 38 euros. One witness to the incident told AFP some onlookers were applauding the police and shouting “go home” to the woman and her daughter.
The authorities in Nice aren’t the first to begin ticketing those sporting the full-body swimwear on French beaches. In Cannes, at least three women were issued fines, and six others were told to leave the beach to avoid being ticketed.