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French burkini ban gives boost to creator

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>> A temporary ban on the burkini in France has seen a boost in sales for it's Australian creator. Aheda Zanetti says popularity of the full body swimsuit has increased significantly since three towns clamped down on the garments in July. So far ten Muslim women wearing burkinis to the beach have been apprehended by police in the southern city of Cannes.
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The mainly conservative mayors behind the ban say the garment, which only leaves the face, hands, and feet exposed, defies French law on secularism. But its creator says they're missing the point, and that 40% of sales go to non-Muslim women.>> I think they've misunderstood. I think that when we produced this, it was part of integration.
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It was part of combining the cultures and putting women that choose to wear these as part of any other woman if she chooses to wear a bikini. It was part of the choice, the freedom of choice.>> The debate has now been taken online with photos of an armed policeman asking a woman to remove her burkini in Nice, going viral.
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Reuters, Richard Locke is in Paris. This is a country, at the moment where emotions are very raw. They're running high after the attacks in Nice and the killing of a Catholic Priest in Normandy last month. And if you like the debate encapsulates all the difficulties that French society is having to grapple with at this time and the fight against militant Islam.
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And really, it's just the latest symbol I think in this long running tussle between France and its secular values and individual freedoms and in this particular case, it's for freedom of religious expression.>> The collective against Islamophobia in France has filed a complaint against the bans with France's highest administrative court.
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A ruling is expected over the next few days.