Corsica stands beside Cannes and other French municipalities who have also recently announced they are banning the wearing of burkinis. Overall, the Muslim community in Europe has felt that these bans are extreme and unnecessary. BBC reporters went on a mission recently to get the opinions of Muslim women on the issue, and there was no shortage of voices against the bans, calling them “ridiculous,” and an infringement on a woman’s rights if she chooses not to bare her body on the beach.
In the general population of France, however, opinions on the matter are said to fluctuate greatly. Some groups have reacted in support of the ban. Other groups have shown quite the opposite, believing it to be an uncalled-for act of Islamophobia, while some are rather indifferent to the whole issue. In summary, there seems to be no clear majority or minority in opinions of the matter as of yet.
This question of banning burkinis is one example of the reactions of local communities to the growing numbers of migrating populations in Europe and other parts of the world. While many believe that mass migration and acceptance should be viewed as a win in cultural diversity, others see it as a threat to native cultures, identities, and nationalism. In the current climate, there is no clear answer as to whether this ban is justified in the face of France’s strong secular stance, or if it is an extreme and unwarranted sexist and anti-Islamic response.