French debate on burkini rages on: Upholding ‘Republican values’ versus restricting civil liberties

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France’s interior minister said Tuesday that he would seek to overturn a rule change in the city of Grenoble that would allow women to wear burkinis in state-run swimming pools. The all-in-one swimsuit, used by some Muslim women to cover their bodies and hair while bathing, is a controversial issue in France where critics see it as a symbol of creeping Islamisation. For more analysis on one of France’s most contentious debates on religious dress, FRANCE 24 is joined by Rim-Sarah Alouane, a French legal scholar and Researcher in comparative law, civil liberties, religious freedom and human rights at the University of Toulouse Capitole. First and foremost, Ms. Alouane takes issue with France’s highly controversial “anti-separatism” law, passed in 2021. For her, the ultimate goal of the French government is “clearly” apparent: “to restrict more civil liberties, but in a very fuzzy way, because nobody’s defining those Republican values.” She warns that what the government deems Republican values “could really be anything, and that’s the danger here.”

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