Barcelona City Hall has ruled out imposing a burqini ban on public beaches insisting that women must have the right to wear what they like in the sea.

The Catalan capital, which has a sizeable Muslim community and is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations has said it will definitely not follow in the footsteps of some French resorts and prohibit the wearing of a swimsuit that leaves only the face, hands and feet uncovered.

Gerardo Pisarello, the deputy mayor of the Barcelona said that women must have the freedom to do as they choose.

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