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Swimmer fined for wearing burkini

25th Aug 2017
Swimmer fined for wearing burkini

File image of a ‘burkini’ (Photo: Giorgio Montersino/Wikimedia Commons)

 Nadine Osman

A swimmer has spoken of her shock after receiving a €490 cleaning bill for wearing a burkini in a French swimming pool on July 21. The woman, identified Fadila, was getting in the pool while on holiday with her husband Karim and her children in La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhone, Marseille, when a member of staff reportedly told other guests to get out.

Fadila says she was allowed to swim the previous day without incident. Fadila says it was not until July 24 that they were informed the owner received a call from officials insisting that a veiled woman had entered the pool with her clothes “and that they had come to see me out and that I had refused, I was left speechless because nobody had stopped me or said anything,” Fadila told the United Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF).

She added, “I was disappointed, shocked, wounded by the fact that someone could be so hypocritical and wicked because of a burkini.”

Karim was then contacted by the site’s owner, who allegedly told him to keep his wife away from the swimming pool.

The couple said they were asked to pay €490 the cost, the owner says of getting the swimming pool emptied and cleaned. The fee also included compensation for damages because the site would be out of use for two days, a claim the family contest insisting that the swimming pool was never emptied and was functional the next day.

The CCIF claims Fadila’s was specially designed for swimming and therefore could not have caused a hygiene issue.

The couple refused to pay the bill to which the owner allegedly reacted by taking the money from their account without issuing an invoice.

CCIF said Fadila’s burkini could not have caused a hygiene issue as the swimsuits are specifically adapted for swimming. Last summer, fines were imposed on women wearing burkinis in the southern French town of Cannes.

France’s highest administrative court later ruled that “burkini bans” being enforced on the country’s beaches were illegal and a violation of fundamental liberties. A spokesman for CCIF has confirmed to The Muslim News that Fadila will be appealing against her fine.

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