A French court has upheld a ban on burqas in Grenoble’s basins

Following a series of protests by local Muslim womenthe city had passed a decree in May 2021 allowing bathers in public swimming pools in Grenoble to use swimsuits.

But later that month, a local administrative tribunal overturned the decision, a decision upheld on Tuesday by France’s top administrative court.

In its decision, the French Council of State referred to the principles of religious neutrality, concluding that allowing Burkina Faso would undermine “equal treatment of consumers so that the neutrality of the public service is compromised”.

“Contrary to the claimed goal of the city of Grenoble, the local initial decision to allow burqas was intended” only to satisfy a request of a religious nature, “the court said.

It is also said that the decision of Grenoble would allow some bathers to violate the “rules of hygiene and safety.”

Religious neutrality is embedded in modern French administrative principles, which were boosted last year by the so-called “separatism law” passed by Emmanuel Macron’s government.

Legislation backed by right-wing Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin explicitly prohibits actions “aimed at giving in to sectarian demands for religious purposes.”

French Muslim women wear burqas by the pool in protest

Muslim women in France often face difficulties in accessing public services due to severe restrictions on religious beliefs, one of the reasons why such bans have been criticized by human rights defenders, including the UN Human Rights Committee.

The French Government in 2004 forbidden “Obvious” religious symbols, including Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses from French schools. Full-face veils, known as the niqab, are banned in all French public places, including public transport and parks, streets and office buildings.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.