Diane James’ comments come as French presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkosy calls the burkini a ‘provocation’
The French consider religion a private matter - the country is officially secular
'Wearing a burkini is a political act, it's militant, a provocation'
Theresa May's administration called an unexpected halt to the project amid security and viability concerns
'Europe needs leadership, Europe needs to take initiatives, Europe needs new ideas'
Cour de Cassation ruling delivers crushing blow to Mr Sarkozy’s hopes of a return to power
Latest opinion poll puts former Prime Minister and foreign minister 18 points ahead of the ex-President
'Everyone should finance their own religion,' a right-wing politician says
His 2012 re-election campaign costs were more than twice the legal limit
French politician insists 'it’s not up to France to adapt to foreigners; it is up to foreigners to adapt to France'
His new book contains his first direct apologies for some of his rude and brash behaviour as president
She will still almost certainly top the presidential poll in the first round
A small band of humourists and journalists is holding out, Asterix-like, against attempts by a French billionaire to tame the country’s cheekiest television station.
It is understood that she refused to put her name to the declaration
French press reports President likely to choose actress Julie Gayet and ask First Lady to leave Elysee Palace