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French city releases kind of burqa in the pool (and also topless)

Protesto pelo uso do burquíni na prefeitura de Grenoble, no ano passado

Protest for wearing the burkini in Grenoble City Hall last year

| Photo: Instagram/Alliance Citoyenne

The French city of Grenoble approved this Monday (

) a bill that will allow women to swim in municipal swimming pools with the burkini: a water version of the burqa. Interestingly, the document also provides for the authorization of swimming with the breasts out.

For the mayor, Éric Piolle, it is about “social progress”. “This allows women to swim topless

or with a bigger bathing suit that covers the body. Finally, it is a coherent fight, which aims not to impose limits on women’s clothing”, defends Piolle.

Known for uniting left-wing communitarianism and ecological ideology, Piolle was re-elected in

betting on proposals that pleased the Citizen Alliance (Alliance Citoyenne). .

Under the guise of to promote freedom for women, the document may actually, according to opponents, contribute much more to Islam than to secularism or any other ideology. Politicians and other French personalities link the approval of the accessory to “Islamogauchisme”, Islam- leftism.

Opposition from all sides

In the opposition of the right, the municipal councilor, Alain Carignon, asks for a referendum to evaluate the opinion of the residents of Grenoble on the matter. “No mayor has the right to change the customs and values ​​of a city”, he points out.

In part of the French left, the proposal also receives criticism. According to the president of the socialist group of Grenoble’s municipal council, Cécile Cénatiempo, “there is a risk that some women will feel obliged to wear the burkini in the future, due to social pressure. And this is unacceptable”, she says.

Political columnist Céline Pina wrote in an article published in the newspaper

Le Figaro that “the burkini is not a simple fashion accessory, but a reference to an ideological adherence and a very strong religious culture”. In addition, she reinforces that giving in to an ideology that “imposes that women hide their bodies under the pretext of being unclean is a threat to human rights”.

The debate goes beyond Grenoble. The president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, Laurent Wauquiez, announced on Twitter that all subsidies to the city would be cut if the law is passed. “No penny will finance submission to Islam”, published the politician.

Islamic dress in women’s football

)The Citizen Alliance, which asks for the right to the burkini, also supports the “hijabeuses”, soccer players known for using the hijab – a veil that covers ears, neck and hair.

The movement asks that the accessory can be used during games. For now, the group’s main dispute is with the French Football Federation, which, unlike FIFA, does not authorize its use. “It’s just women who want to play with everyone,” says the collective’s lawyer, Marion Ogier.

In turn, the writer Naëm Bestandji, quite influential in France on issues related to women’s rights, opines: “They are not prohibited from entering the field. Only the veil is, as well as any accessory that carries an ideological message”. Finally, the writer reinforces that the movement deals with “permanent victimization, deviation of feminine slogans and fusion of Islamist radicalism”.

In France, the term Islam-leftism (islamogauchisme) was used for the first time in

by the sociologist Pierre-André Taguieff. He referred to the extreme left that systematically singles out Muslims as an oppressed minority.

Debate in Grenoble reflects national reality

The controversy of the proposal that was part of the campaign for the election of the mayor of Grenoble has been debated throughout the country for years. And the discussion, in fact, is not just about the use of a religious accessory.

The debates between personalities and politicians of the most different social positions reflect what is wide open on the streets of French cities: the opposition between West and East. The French and the immigrants. Two completely different realities. And that can be even more visible when, in the same municipal swimming pool, a woman with her breasts exposed and another covered with a burkini are seen.

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