Ex-minister says French women have 'a duty' to wear bikini while on beach
France's Former minister for families has provoked a political row by saying that it's a French woman's duty to wear a bikini on a beach.
Nadine Morano recently complained that she had seen a Muslim woman sitting on a French beach in headscarf, long-sleeved tunic and trousers while her husband stripped off and bathed in the sea, the Independent reported.
The 51-year-old politician, who had posted a blurred picture that she had taken at the weekend of the woman in the headscarf sitting on a beach along with a photograph of the 1950s and 1960s sex symbol Brigitte Bardot wearing a bikini, wrote on her Facebook page that when someone chooses to come to a country of secular laws like France, they have an obligation to respect the culture and the liberty of women, or they should go somewhere else.
Morano's remarks have provoked an avalanche of comments on social media and reactions from politicians, as the former leader of the Socialist party, Harlem Desir, said that Ms Morano "had a point" and a beach should be a place of liberty for all, he said.
Meanwhile, another centre-right former minister, Valerie Pecresse, criticised Morano's definition of "freedom" and said that as long as people are not breaking the law, people should be allowed to wear whatever they want.
(Posted on 20-08-2014)