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Dictating how women dress is illiberal and reprehensible

August 28, 2016 3:06 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Woman wearing France's highest administrative court, the Council of State, ruled on Friday against a decision by the mayor of resort town Villeneuve-Loubet to ban the full-body swimwear. However, Mayors from around 30 French towns along the Riviera have enforced the ban; many of whom have said they will refuse to back down on their decision despite the recent court ruling.

Commenting on the burkini in France and reports as to how it is being enforced Meral Hussein-Ece, the Liberal Democrats' Equalities spokesperson said:

"Dictating how women dress is illiberal and reprehensible. Why would anyone think that banning burkinis and then actively forcing women to remove clothing helps fight a war on terror?

"I would wonder where the freedom of speech and expression is that the French have historically prided themselves on."