“Burkinis” in Grenoble: the municipal opposition files a complaint against Éric Piolle

“Burkinis” in Grenoble: the municipal opposition files a complaint against Éric Piolle

The municipal opposition of Grenoble indicated on Friday that it had filed a complaint against the ecologist mayor of the city Eric Piolle, the clothing policy in municipal swimming pools contradicting, according to it, the recent decision of the Council of State prohibiting the wearing of the burkini.

“It is up to any public body to ensure the neutrality of the public service”, declared to AFP Alain Carignon, former mayor and president of the municipal opposition group “civil society, various right, center”.

According to him, “Éric Piolle contravenes the decision of the highest French administrative court” by having “expressly authorized the intrusion into the Grenoble swimming pool of women in burkini”, on July 28.

The mayor considers on the contrary that the authorized entries in the municipal swimming pools – that day in particular – are in conformity with the decision of the Council of State prohibiting the female combinations intended for the Orthodox Muslims – with skirt – but not the combinations adjusted to the body.

The entry of three women in fitted coverings into the Jean Bron swimming pool sparked an outcry from municipal opposition at the end of July, with floods of reactions on social networks.

At the time, the town hall had however affirmed that everything was done in compliance with the decisions of the administrative court and the Council of State concerning the regulations of its municipal swimming pools, since the authorized covering swimsuits did not have skirts and were not so no burkinis.

This question of clothing has been agitating the political world since the Grenoble city council modified the rules of procedure for municipal swimming pools on May 16.

Referred to by the town hall after the text was suspended in the administrative court at the end of May, the Council of State confirmed on June 21 that “the very targeted derogation made, to satisfy a religious claim, to the common law rules for wearing bathing suits near of the body enacted for reasons of health and safety, is likely to affect the proper functioning of the public service and the equal treatment of users in conditions undermining the principle of neutrality of public services”.

Asked by AFP, Eric Piolle did not wish to comment on Friday.

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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