In response to the terror attack that took place in Nice on Bastille Day, the city of Nice has placed a ban on "any person wearing improper clothes that are not respectful of good morals and secularism" from using the beaches. It is popularly known as the Burkini Ban, and it is spreading throughout France. Things came to a head when 4 armed police officers stood over a woman on a beach and gave her a fine for wearing too much clothing, while she took them off.
We have now reached a stage where women are being fined for wearing TOO MUCH CLOTHING.
The Burkini was invented by an Australian woman in order to give her niece something to wear to enjoy swimming while also being "modest". It is also targeted at and used by people with skin cancer and want to cover up while at the beach.
The practical upshot is that of the two people pictured below, only one is allowed to use the beaches of France in their current attire.
I get the point of the ban on the niqab (the full face veil), which does have security implications in certain situations. That clearly does not apply here, so I do not agree that this is a security issue. The other argument in favour of this ban is that is feminism in action, and the Burkini is a continuation of Islam's oppression of women. But consider the following:
France: Great news Muslim women! You don't have to wear the burka anymore! You can wear whatever you like!
Muslim Woman: That's great! Thank you! I'll wear my burka, thanks!
France: Actually, no you won't. You aren't actually allowed to wear that.
Muslim Woman: So I can't wear what I want?
France: Yes you can! Just not that.
Muslim Woman: ...
This is not freeing Muslim women from oppression. This is replacing one kind with another. It is just another way of telling women what they can and can't wear. And that is little different to the situation people are saying this is supposed to stop.