Some people believe that it's discriminatory and anti-Muslim and will make matters worse with jihadists of the "Religion of Special Needs" as they may go on a killing spree over this issue.
The ban is at the height of the French Riviera's vacation season and at a time when France is on high alert for Islamic terrorism. If France doesn't give terrorists what they want, which is full Sharia-compliance, "somebody's going to get hurt," to quote Russell Peters.
Even when it has nothing to do with giving Islamists what they want, they still attack infidels. Recent jihadist attacks in Nice and in a Catholic church in northwest France prove that fact.
Cannes Mayor David Lisnard issued a city ordinance in late July forbidding beachwear that doesn't respect "good morals and secularism." Telling a religious Islamic extremist that he or she must appear 'secular' is just asking for trouble.
The ordinance notes that swimwear "manifesting religious affiliation in an ostentatious way, while France and its religious sites are currently the target of terrorist attacks, could create risks of trouble to public order."
But French Muslims don't believe that they are at risk--they believe that people not wearing burkinis are at risk at the beach. But Muslim violators risk a 38 euro ($42) fine if they refuse to comply with the law.
Lisnard said of the burkini that it's "the uniform of extremist Islamism, not of the Muslim religion," in a Friday interview with the Nice-Matin newspaper. He also said that fines would apply as well to Indian bathers who wear saris into the water because it could hamper lifeguards in their effort to save them if necessary.
One beach goer, Diana Bishay, from Egypt and living in Paris, referred to women who cover themselves up, "We have to respect the society we live in."
What an interesting concept.
In fact, it's a concept that's strictly enforced in Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and others. You cannot even enter Saudi Arabia with a Bible or if you're a Jew.
Islam is a religion that wants respect without giving it.