A Muslim lady, who rented a private holiday house near Marseille in France, was forced to pay €490 for polluting the property’s communal pool by swimming in it wearing a burkini. The owner said that the swimming pool had to be emptied and cleaned after her swim.
The husband, however, refused to pay claiming that the pool was never emptied or cleaned after Fadila swam in it and that it was operating the next day. His refusal to pay for the cleaning of the pool and the damages prompted the owner to keep the deposit amount of €490, paid to him by the couple, without producing an invoice for treatment of the pool or other charges.
“I was disappointed, shocked, wounded by the fact that someone could be so hypocritical and wicked because of a burkini,” Fadila said.
The CCIF has been insisting that Fadila did not swim in her regular clothes but in a suit made for the water and, therefore, does not pose any threat to hygiene.
There has been a growing debate in France over Muslim women wearing burkinis with Cannes, the iconic resort town in France, having banned the swim suit in 2016.