Businessman Pledges to Pay Fines for All Women Affected By Burkini Ban
Though the controversial "burkini ban" is still in effect on the beaches of Cannes, Muslim women can count on the support of Rachid Nekkaz, a Paris-based businessman of Algerian descent and human rights activist who has pledged to pay all fines for women caught disobeying the ordinance. He says multiple women have already contacted him to take him up on the offer.
The ban went into effect earlier this summer, charging women up to the equivalent of $200 for wearing the head-to-toe swimwear style. This comes on the heels of France's long-standing "Burqa ban" and other restrictions on religious clothing. The way the law affects Muslims in France and across Europe has been a source of tension and debate over the past few years, as many countries experience an influx of nonwhite immigrants, as well as, in France, a series of terror attacks.
Of course, not everyone in Europe is in favor of the burkini ban, and many have spoken out against it. Mr. Nekkaz, at least, is putting his money where his politics are.
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