France: defying ban Muslim women swim in burkinis at pool

Inspired by US civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, Muslim women in France protested in the swimming pool in the city of Grenoble on Sunday. They bathed in suits covering their entire bodies – apart from the face, hands and feet.

Members of the group Citizen Alliance of Grenoble launched “Operation burkini” last month to defend wearing of burkini calling it the right of Muslim women.

Despite told by the lifeguards that they are not allowed in such swimsuits, the Muslim members of the group changed into burkinis and entered the pool and bathed for about an hour with members of the community, who cheered and applauded.

As reported by BBC, the women were later questioned by police and each fined €35 ($40; £30) for breaching the rules.

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