France: ‘bikini protests’ follow attack on bikini-clad woman by ‘Muslim women’
By: Mugdha Variyar
Source: International Business Times
After the attack on a French national by a gang of Muslim women that allegedly beat her up for wearing a bikini at a park, several women in the country took to protest the incident by posting their photos in bikinis and even turned up in swimsuits for a demonstration.
A 21-year-old citizen was attacked by the young Muslim women, said to be between 16 and 24 years of age, when she was sunbathing at a park in Reims last week.
The Muslim women reportedly told the victim to “go and get dressed, it’s not summer”, according to French media.
While the authorities dismissed there was any religious angle to the incident, terming it as a “fight between rival gangs”, women in France backed the victim for her right to “wear a bikini at a park”.
The pictures of women in bikinis with the hashtag #JePorteMonMaillotAuParcLeo (I wear my swimsuit in the park) soon went viral on the social media and started trending.
The trend even attracted supporters from across the world, who shared photos over the last few days to protest the incident. Some British dailies, such as The Mirror, reported that the trend was being compared to that of the #JeSuisCharlie campaign following the Charlie Hebdo attack earlier this year.
The protesting women also showed up in bikinis at the Léo Lagrange park in Reims, where the incident occurred.
France has seen increasing tensions between its Muslim community and far-right groups, especially since the Paris terror attacks in January, according to The Local.
The paper suggested that protesters might have been “quick to jump to conclusions” that the attackers were Islamic “religious police”, even though authorities dismissed such claims.