French Muslims are concerned that decisions taken by some municipal authorities to ban the burkini could lead to further stigmatization of Muslims, the head of a body representing Muslims in France said on Wednesday.

Pictures on the internet show a woman seated on the beach in the resort of Nice taking off the top of the body-covering swimwear apparently at the request of three police officers standing over her. Reports said she was fined.

Anouar Kbibech, president of the French Council of Muslim Faith said after meeting Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve that there was growing concern especially among French Muslim women over the ban.

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