This television presenter does not think so.
A Muslim woman from Australia has revealed how she was forced off a French beach ‚Äď for wearing a burkini. Though the ban
Such targeting and marginalisation can only lead to increased religious intolerance; as the presidential elections of 2017 loom and debates surrounding Islam in France become ever-more intensified, France needs to find a way of moving towards a more inclusive model of national identity.
They effectively prevent all Muslim women wearing a burkini - or a headscarf as recent arrests have shown - from going to the beach, a public space. This is a clearly discriminatory measure - both on the grounds of religion and of gender. The bans do nothing to actually empower or "emancipate" women, despite their purported goal according to defenders of the decrees.
It is not down to the British government or the British public to decide what ways of dressing are or are not domineering to Muslim women. Some wearers of the burka may well feel burdened by their clothing, but we also have a duty to consider those who feel empowered by wearing one.
In an ironic twist, some French lawmakers decided to learn from the Saudis and prosecute women for wearing inappropriate clothing on the beach - all the while going on about liberty, equality, fraternity and secularity.
My message to the people of France is much the same, that we should not use religion as a scapegoat and ignore the social issues and divides that are causing friction in our society. That is what feeds extremists elements and gives them more material to spread their message of hate.
One would hope that the French government would be aware that within a democracy nobody has the right to restrict people from wearing the clothes they choose to. The ban has certainly shown that the attempts to deter people from wearing the burkini have been hindered and you may just see more women, expressing their freedom through the inspirational garment.
By enforcing this ban do they think these women will just disappear, is that the aim? What is the objective of such a policy? The Mayor of Cannes argues that the sight of the women in a burkini makes people fearful during this sensitive time - fearful of what exactly?
The images of police making a woman take off her bikini were taken in Nice last week, the scene of a deadly Islamic extremist
Europe now appears set to play host to a miserable culture clash. But if political leaders don't act fast we may even see an escalation to outbreaks of sectarian and inter-ethnic violence. What is for sure, however, is that simply trying to outlaw the most visible signs of the problem will be no solution.
The actual problem at hand, that perhaps someone could shed light on, is this internalised archaic colonial fetishization, that we are shockingly still forced to be a part of in 2016. There is a multitude of Muslim women with a multitude of firm voices ready to share a multitude of opinions because we are not a homogenous group, you are all just speaking too loudly over us to hear any of it.
'There can be something quite attractive, alluring, even sensual, about concealment.'
A senior Tory MP has waded into the burkini row,¬†saying concealment ‚Äúleaves more to the imagination‚ÄĚ. Sir Desmond Swayne
We must accept that for decades women have asserted their rights both through stripping off and burning bra's to covering themselves up in clothing. This is about us as women deciding how we choose to dress, writing our own scripts and owning our own narratives And the men need to get with the programme and stop using women as pawns for the sake of their own control and power regardless of whether that be through democracy or dictatorship.
Whether you agree with the concept of hijab, burkinis, or modest wear in general is beside the point. Every woman should be allowed to consent to reveal or cover her own body. Her choice. Not an armed police guard and not a town Mayor's.