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A wave of bans on 'burkinis' on French beaches is gaining ground as more mayors prohibit the concealing swimming suit worn by some Muslim women.

Reasons given for the measures range from calling the garment a breach of France' secularism, a threat to public order to citing ostensible hygiene issues.

More than six mayors of French resort towns have banned the swimsuit. Under the decrees that run until Aug. 31, 'violators' will have to pay fines of 38 euros ($43).


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