The decision by some French towns to ban women wearing full-body swimsuits on beaches has been shrouded in controversy in recent days after a picture of a woman appearing to remove her clothing while armed police stood over her on a Nice beach went viral.
On Wednesday, the former French president labelled the burkini a “provocation”.
“Wearing the burkini is a political act, it is militant, a provocation,” he said.
The row over the burkini has intensified in recent days ahead of a court ruling in the country which will decide on whether the ban in 26 towns is legal after human rights groups claimed it breaches French law.
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