The French non-Muslims have to adapt. The Muslims don’t. The principle is always and everywhere the same: in Muslim countries, one must conform one’s behavior to Muslim sensibilities. In non-Muslim countries, one must conform one’s behavior to Muslim sensibilities. If Muslims want to wear the burkini, they should be allowed to set their own rules. But in every case, all too many Muslims and their allies demand that all laws, customs, and practices give way to their own.
“’We have to adapt culturally’: in Tours, the management of the aquatic center defends the burkini,” translated from “« Il nous faut nous adapter cultuellement » : à Tours, la direction du centre aquatique défend le burkini,” Valeurs Actuelles, August 6, 2022 (thanks to Medforth):
We have to credit David Lagache for being honest. The director of Récréa, the company that runs the aquatic centre on behalf of the metropolis of Tours (Indre-et-Loire), has decided to allow the burkini in his pools. A position he explained in detail on Friday July 29 on the aquatic centre’s Facebook page. In his opinion, reports La Nouvelle République, the burkini affects “one to two people per week,” which he considers little compared to the “450,000 users welcomed each year.”
However, to hear it, the burkini does not pose any hygiene problem – an argument frequently put forward by opponents of this full Islamic jersey. “The material is designed for swimming,” he explains, saying that “these suits are 100% Lycra and sometimes even from a brand specializing in swimming.” No problem allowing it in swimming pools, unlike swim shorts: “everyone can wear their shorts outside the pool and come and bathe directly in them, which, in terms of hygiene, is not possible.”
“It is forbidden to forbid “
The arguments of the Récréa management are not, however, limited to the hygienic aspect of the debate. According to David Lagache, it is also a matter of adapting to the increasingly frequent wearing of the burkini – and what this phenomenon implies. “We have to adapt culturally to our evolving society,” he says simply. In addition, he underlines, “it is forbidden to ban burkinis except under the influence of a prefectural decree.” However, “some prefects have tried and their decisions have been rejected.”
“In the current state of the law, the wearing of the burkini in swimming pools can neither be prohibited nor authorized for religious reasons,” confirms Tours Métropole, which specifies that “only considerations of public order (hygiene, safety and disturbances to public order) may justify its prohibition.” No problem of this type having been reported in Tours, despite the many letters sent to the management of Récréa and the town hall by users, the burkini will therefore be able to continue its establishment in Touraine.