Source: Rabwah Times
The controversy over the Burkini Ban that has gripped France for the past few months now appears to be spilling over to Germany. The ‘Burkini” a full-body swimsuit designed for Muslim women was originally banned by the French town of Cannes during the annual film festival. Cannes Mayor said the Burkini represents the forces France is fighting, and that it may create some unruly incidents on the town’s beaches.
So far three Mediterranean towns – Cannes, Villeneuve-Loubet and Sisco on the island of Corsica – have banned the burkini, and Le Touquet on the Atlantic coast is planning to do the same. France has already banned the Full Burqa or the Islamic veil.
Similar plans are being discussed by other EU countries and the influx of Muslim refugees in Germany has lead to a similar debate in Germany where Thomas de Maiziere, Germany’s Interior Minister has called for a partial burqa ban.
“It doesn’t fit in with our open society. Showing the face is a constituent element for our communication, the way we live, our social cohesion. That is why we call on everyone to show their face.” says the Interior Minister.
Germany far right AFD party has not only called for a full ban on the Burqa but also on Adhan, which is the Islamic call to prayer.