A public water park in France will only allow people to wear Muslim clothing during an event in September.
The Speed Water Park outside Marseille, a city with more than 200,000 Muslims, will host an event “exclusively for women and children, and for boys up to the age of ten.” The dress code must apply to Islamic law, which means women should wear so-called “burqinis” to cover their body parts.
The debate over whether the burqa should be allowed in public places has been ongoing since the parliament banned it in 2011. (RELATED: Mother Of French Terror Victim Rocks Hijab In French Parliament, Gets Booed)
Valerie Boyer, mayor of two Marseille districts and a member of parliament for the center-right Les Republicains party, said the event goes against France’s fundamental principles and women’s dignity.
“Accepting this so-called fashion means we accept communalism in our country,” Boyer said. “However, it’s also a question of the woman’s dignity, a question of our most fundamental principles.”
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