The Board of Deputies of British Jews condemned what it called police harassment in France of Muslim women wearing the full-body bathing suit known as the burkini in defiance of a municipal ban.

The reaction by the main Jewish group in Britain was to reports describing how four police officers on Tuesday ordered and compelled a woman wearing a burkini near Nice to take it off. The swimsuit is worn by Muslim women in accordance with their religious views of modesty.

"We were very concerned to see the scenes on a French beach yesterday during which a Muslim woman was confronted by police about her modest style of dress," a board spokesperson said in a statement titled "Board of Deputies reacts to harassment of Muslim woman on French beach."

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