Row over French mayor's push to allow burkinis in swimming pools

The mayor of Grenoble in south-east France is to ask his city council to vote this month on his proposition to ease dress restrictions in municipal swimming pools, and notably the current ban on the wearing of burkinis, a move that the conservative president of the wider regional council described as 'submitting to Islamism' while threatening to cut grants to the city.

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Burkinis have been a long-standing catalyst for dispute in France, calling societal attitudes towards Islam and feminism into question, reports FRANCE 24.