The Mayor of the French town of Riviera, Marc Etienne Lansade has told Muslim beach goers not to come to his town if they aren’t prepared to accept their way of life by not wearing burkinis to beaches.
“If you don’t want to live the way we do, don’t come. You have to behave in the way that people behave in the country that accepted you, and that is it,” Mayor Marc Etienne Lansade told CNN.
“If you are accepted in Rome — do like Romans do,” he said, adding, “go in Saudi Arabia and be naked and see what will happen to you.”
Lansade, alongside several other mayors in France maintains that burkinis have been banned in his town despite a ruling by France’s highest administrative court that mayors do not have the right to outlaw burkinis.
The court ruling comes after more than 30 French towns banned the burkini, a swimsuit which covers the whole body except for the face, hands and feet and is worn mostly by Muslim women.