French-Algerian activist vows to pay 'Burkini' fines for Muslim women

French-Algerian activist vows to pay 'Burkini' fines for Muslim women

Rachid Nekkaz has taken a defiant stand against the laws banning the garment

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A wealthy French-Algerian activist has taken a stand against the law barring Muslim women from wearing the burkini, vowing to pay any fines accrued by those who defy the law.

France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany are several of the countries that have introduced a partial ban on the garment, which serves as a full-body swimsuit designed for Muslim women.

France was the first country to ban the burkini, introducing the law on a number of beaches in a move which is aimed at promoting security and national cohesion. Critics, however, describe the bans as islamophobic.

Nekkaz has paid three fines of €38 (£33) so far, and has described the burkini ban as "unacceptable, inadmissible and intolerable.”

In an interview, he said: "I don’t accept that these great countries such as France, Belgium, Switzerland or the Netherlands and now Germany, take advantage of this fear of Islam to reduce the number of personal freedoms.”

The businessman was also quoted by Press TV as saying: “As soon as I see that France is not respecting fundamental liberties, I always get my chequebook out."

On Friday talkRADIO's George Galloway took part in a heated interview with Ukip's Lisa Duffy over the burkini. Listen to it here.