This Monday, May 16, the Grenoble city council voted to authorize the wearing of the burkini in municipal swimming pools. While the decision is causing a stir, the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) is asking for “legislative clarification”.
Will the Grenoble decision set a precedent? After several hours of fiery city council, a narrow majority of elected officials voted to authorize the burkini in municipal swimming pools.
In the process, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin indicated that he had “instructed the prefect to refer to “secularism” the deliberation allowing the wearing of the “Burkini” and, if necessary, to request its withdrawal “.
Mr. Piolle, support of Mr. Melenchon, plays the unacceptable community provocation, contrary to our values. I instructed the prefect to refer the deliberation allowing the wearing of the “Burkini” to “secularism” and, if necessary, to request its withdrawal.
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) May 17, 2022
The opportunity for the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) to request a “legislative clarification” in order to “secure the decisions taken by the municipal and inter-municipal councils, in particular the prohibitions.”
The latter recalls that it is up to “municipal and inter-municipal councils alone to set the rules for access to public facilities” and emphasizes that “appendix III-8 of the Sports Code sets the mandatory common requirements for all the internal regulations of nautical establishments. However, in its current version, it does not say a word about bathing suits and therefore leaves local elected officials without a national framework on this subject.” Soon a national harmonization?