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26 March 2017 14:50 (South Africa)

Anti-burqa ban protest, French style: niqabs and mini-shorts

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Two French students caused a bit of a stir in Paris on Friday when they strutted through the streets of the French capital wearing the Islamic face-veil, high heels, and mini shorts. According to the students, their display was a protest against the planned ban on the niqab. The Telegraph reported the students as saying, "To put a simple burka on would have been too simple. So we asked ourselves: 'how would the authorities react when faced with women wearing a burka and mini shorts?' We were not looking to attack or degrade the image of Muslim fundamentalists – each to their own – but rather to question politicians who voted for this law that we consider clearly unconstitutional". If they had waited till early next year, when the anti-burqa law will go into force, all they would have needed to do is wear the full burqa to make their point. And calling themselves "the Niqabitches", is just unnecessarily offensive, and detracts from their statement. Read more: Telegraph and Rue89 (if you can read French)

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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