A German mayor has come under fire after posting a 'joke' picture of a cucumber that looks like a burka on Facebook.

The picture of the burka-like cucumber was shared on social media by Mayor Simone Stein-Luecke, who oversees the Bad Godesberg municipal district in the former West German capital of Bonn.

Above the picture the text 'Gurka' was added, a play on the word 'gurke', the German word for cucumber.

She later defended the post, describing it as amusing, and said he is opposed to the full-faced veil.

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