A woman in Paris was not allowed to go swimming because she was wearing the conservative costume.
August 13, 2009 3:53 by Aarti Nagraj
A Muslim woman who tried to go swimming in a burqini – an all-covering swimming costume – has been banned from her local pool in Paris, reports AFP. “Quite simply, this is segregation,” the 35-year-old woman, Carole, told French newspaper Le Parisien. According to the paper, she is a French convert to Islam.
“I will fight to try to change things. And if I see that the battle is lost, I cannot rule out leaving France,” she told the paper.
Officials said that the woman was banned from the pool for hygiene reasons. Staff “reminded her of the rules that apply in all [public] swimming pools which forbid swimming while clothed,” pool management official Daniel Guillaume told AFP. The same rules ban men from swimming in anything other than skimpy swimming trunks – all swimming shorts or Bermuda shorts are out.
Carole’s story has received significant coverage from international news agencies and media outlets. Is it because the story follows a recent announcement by French President Nicholas Sarkozy that burkhas should be banned in France because they make women prisoners?
Or is this just a one off incident?