Report: Muslim Woman Forced to Remove Burkini on a French Beach

The Guardian website shows a photograph of French policemen hovering by a woman as she's removing a light blue tunic and one of them is writing a ticket on a Nice beach.

This file photo taken on August 3, 2016 shows Algerian families gathered on a public beach, reserved especially for families and their children, in the capital Algiers.
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French police made a woman on a beach in Nice remove some of her clothing to enforce a ban on the burkini imposed in several French towns, British media reported on Wednesday.

The Guardian based its report on photographs of the incident, showing several uniformed police officers hovering over a woman on the Promenade des Anglais shore. 

A picture on its website shows a woman appearing to remove a blue long-sleeved tunic, apparently a part of her body and head covering bathing suit known as a burkini.

A mother of two said on Tuesday she had been fined on a beach in Cannes for wearing leggings, a tunic and a scraf.

AFP reported that the ticket said she was fined for failing to wear "an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”.

France's highest administrative court was scheduled to hear an appeal against the burkini ban on Thursday, filed by the Human Rights League, a French NGO.

The burkini ban by several towns will come before France’s highest administrative court on Thursday following an appeal by the Human Rights League, a French NGO.  

In imposing the ban, French towns have also cited concerns about terrorist attacks in its midst in the past year.

Cannes Mayor David Lisnard said last month in issuing his city's ban on the burkini that they were banning swimwear that doesn't respect "good morals and secularism."

The ban in Cannes says that swimwear "manifesting religious affiliation in an ostentatious way, while France and its religious sites are currently the target of terrorist attacks, could create risks of trouble to public order."