(NBC) – The city of Nice, still shaken by last month’s deadly attack that claimed 86 lives, has joined a growing number of French resort towns to ban the body-covering Burkini swimsuit.
Political leaders argue that the swimwear, resembling a full-body wetsuit with a hood, oppresses women and violates France’s secular principles.
On the streets of the seaside town opinions differ.
Some feel that people should live according to local customs, but many see the bans as discriminatory.
Nice was devastated when a man drove a truck into crowds watching fireworks on July 14th, killing 86 people in violence claimed by ISIS.
The death of the 86-th victim, a man hospitalized with injuries, was announced on Friday, August 19, more than a month after the attack.
About a third of the victims were from Nice’s large Muslim community, which is both in mourning and fearing a backlash.
The nice administration issued an order Thursday, August 18, banning swimwear with religious connotations, citing security concerns.
Several other cities on France’s Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts have banned Burkinis this summer.