A high-ranking member of Norway's anti-immigration Progress Party wants the Nordic nation to follow the lead of some 30 French towns by banning the burqini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women.

Aina Stenersen, the Progress Party's leader in Oslo, said the burqini is oppressive and thus plans to introduce a proposal to bar it from Norwegian beaches.

"The Progress Party is very concerned about integration. Therefore, we believe that in some instances, we must implement bans if it concerns things that inhibit integration," Stenersen told Aftenposten.

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