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Cannes Mayor Bans Burkinis on City's Beaches Citing Security Concerns

The ordinance is in effect through the month of August, peak tourist season on the French Riviera; violators face a fine

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    Sama Wareh walks along the sand dressed in swimwear designed for Muslim women Newport Beach, California. The mayor of the French Rivera city of Cannes is banning so-called burkinis through tourist season.

    The seaside French city of Cannes has banned burkinis, full-body swimsuits worn by some Muslim women, from its beaches, NBC News reported.

    Cannes — home of an annual star-studded annual film festival — is located not far from Nice, where more than 80 people died in a July terror attack on the city's beachfront promenade.

    Mayor David Lisnard cited that tragedy and subsequent attack on a northwest France church in an ordinance forbidding swimwear that doesn't respect "good morals and secularism."

    A spokeswoman for his office confirmed that the ordinance — in effect through the month of August, peak tourist season on the French Riviera — applies to burkinis. Violators face a fine.