Social Media Buzz: Burkini Ban Makes Waves Online

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Fitness instructor Fatma Taha wears a burkini swimsuit as she poses for pictures at a shop in western Sydney, Australia on Aug. 19, 2016. (Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

Today France’s top administrative court overturned one town’s controversial ban on full-body swimsuits designed to accommodate Muslim women on the beach. The ruling in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet sets a precedent that threatens similar bans in dozens of French cities, but at least one mayor has already vowed to fight the court’s decision.

So-called “burkini bans” have sparked outrage around the world, after a photograph of police apparently forcing a woman to disrobe on the Promenade des Anglais beach in Nice went viral this week.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti discusses the ban and its extraordinary resonance online with Femi Oke, who hosts “The Stream” on Al Jazeera English.


Femi Oke, host of “The Stream” on Al Jazeera English. She tweets @FemiOke.

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