As early as 2010, France has been in litigation over banning face coverings, wrote Naz Smyth. That year, a law passed that face covering headgear such as masks, balaclavas, niqabs, and burkas were banned from the streets of France. Women would only wear full face veils if traveling in a private car or worshiping in a religious place. Arguments for the law say that it is unsafe to not be able to identify people with full face coverings, and that it is discriminating against women to for them to be forced to wear face coverings in public (New York Times). In 2016, shortly after the deadly Nice Attack, where a terrorist drove a semi-truck through a crowd on Bastille Day, tensions rose against visibly Islamic people in France, and the country decided to ban burkinis. A burkini is a full head to toe covering of the body, so that a woman may be practicing Islamic modesty even while swimming in public. Pictured is a woman in France getting told by the French police being forced to take off her burkini while vacationing on the beach. The photo has been compared with another image taken of a woman from long before our time getting policed on the beach. The image highlights the hypocrisy of the ban, while also revealing that we have still a long way to go as a society, as men are still policing women and taking away their right to choose what they get to wear in public. Men have been policing women since the dawn of civilization, and unfortunately it seems that concept is not going to go await anytime soon. Luckily, the burkini ban got lifted shortly after. Some beach resorts refused in France refused to comply with the ban lift at first, however.
The question now is whether to ban or not to ban the hijab. In France it seems that there is such a distaste for the Muslim religious headdress, with the recent terrorist attacks claimed by radical Islamic sects, and the general influx of Muslim immigrants into the continent (The Independent).