Is the burkini ban on certain French beaches a sign of hatred for Islam or merely a sign of love towards women? The burkini ban on some of France's beaches has led to much being said on the subject.  The subject is now at the heart of international debate around freedom of religious expression and respect for western values. Being French and living in the UK, I’m often asked my opinion. I see that opinions on the subject are divided and it is far from simple to offer a single-sided answer. I’ve wanted to stay away from the hateful response of some or the hug-a-hoodie response from others. My conclusion is once again the same as that of the French people, had they been heard before fear took over from the politically correct, it may even have remained dispassionate if heard at all. I’...


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