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Grenoble landmark move allows ‘burkinis’ in public swimming pools

by Mareyah Bhatti, Jul 19
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France’s secular identity has been challenged recently as the city of Grenoble voted to allow burkinis to be worn in state-run swimming pools.

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This follows a 2016 vote that ruled burkinis were violating people’s freedom and went against secularism.

So what?

France’s desire to be secular is manifesting in what appears to be a desire to totally eradicate religious symbols from public view, with a presidential spokesperson stating that they “harm our Republican values”.

The irony cannot be missed as many argue their concerns stem from freedom rights, feminism and secularism whilst they actively control a person’s identity.

Grenoble was threatened with funding cuts following the vote on burkinis. Does this reveal a dangerous side to France’s enforcement of secularism? Where will this go next, and will we see other freedoms taken away in the name of upholding a secular state?

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