French police forced mother to remove her burkini. Not a good look.
“Forced to strip”, went one headline, retweeted tens of thousands of times. The chorus on social media was deafening. The poor woman only wanted a bit of sun and a swim, dressed as she pleased, and is subjected to this disgusting affront. It has become a frequent collective howl, the outrage at secular France’s decision to ban burkinis on more than a dozen beaches to calm religious tension.
But the pictures tell a different story.
Another shows her sitting quietly, looking around, as if waiting for the police to come. Hoping for the police to come? … “It’s 35C! Off to the beach for a nap in the sun in my ski outfit, like, totally normally.”
The pictures — sold worldwide by an agency — are not credited. They are, however, professionally shot.
The photographer was there long before the incident.
A belief shared by many is that this “victim” and the snapper wanted the police to intervene — the photos are brilliant Islamist propaganda.
They will provoke and inflame, foster a resentful mindset among French Muslims and encourage the narrative of “victimisation” that cripples action on Islamic extremism. …
But the truth is that most French citizens at both ends of the political spectrum SUPPORT the bans.
This includes French Muslims, especially women. They agree with Laurence Rossignol, France’s Socialist women’s minister, who suggested burkinis were designed to “hide women’s bodies in order better to control them”.
France’s burkini ban was subsequently overturned by the highest court.
You can understand the frustration of the French natives, but surely placing restrictions on what people wear is not really dealing with the problem?
hat-tip Stephen Neil