The most popular candidate for the French presidency, former Prime Minister Alain Juppe urged “not to add fuel to the fire,” opposing Muslims and non-Muslims, ban Muslim swimwear – the burqini. It is reported by RFI.
This statement Juppe made after the state Council of France repealed the decision of the mayor of the city of Villeneuve-Loubet banning burkini. The right policies, which according to polls, is the main contender for the presidency in the upcoming April elections, welcomed the Council’s decision and said in an interview with Le Figaro, which is the enemy of situational decisions under pressure emotional controversy in the media.
Hot debate on the issue of banning burkini is in France since the beginning of August, when Muslim Association Smile 13 decided to organize in the private Park next to the Marseille bath day for women, dressed in a burqini. Since then, the regulation prohibiting the appearance on the beaches in “improper form” was received by the mayors of 30 cities in France, located mainly on the French Riviera.
The ban burkini expressed and the socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who, thus, this issue took the same position as right-wing politicians – for example the Pro-Kremlin candidate Nicolas Sarkozy from the party Republicans.
Consisting of the same party, Alain Juppe, in an interview with Le Figaro showed that he was going to play the role of “mediator” for all French people and, unlike Sarkozy, will not try to take interest in another Pro-Kremlin candidate marine Le Pen.
“Today, given the level of tension in French society, as well as the number of tests which it has undergone, we must do everything not to add fuel to the fire,” – said Juppe. He also opposed the ban on wearing Muslim headscarves at universities, as called for recently, Nicolas Sarkozy.
For Nicolas Sarkozy it, Alain Juppe, condemned the aggression of Russia against Ukraine will be the main enemy on the inner primaries for the nomination of a single candidate for the presidency, which the French right and centrists will play on 20 and 27 November 2016.
According to the latest poll, published on August 27, Sarkozy on these primaries are going to vote 24% for Juppe – 38%.
Alain Juppe, since 2006 he has been the mayor of Bordeaux, in the years 1995-1997 he was the Prime Minister, and in 2011-2012, Minister of foreign Affairs of France.
On August 12 the mayor of the French city of Cannes David Lisner banned from wearing on the beaches of the burqini. He called this bathing suit “a symbol of Islamic extremism,” and said that wearing it could provoke a fight. Nice has also banned the use of traditional Muslim bathing suit on the beaches.
The mayors of London and Paris, Sadiq Khan, and Anne Hidalgo, has criticized these decisions.
On 26 August the Supreme administrative court in France has suspended the ban on the Muslim swimwear burkini, who introduced the local authorities a number of cities of this country.