Bathing Costume 1890
France has a long history in colonialism and colonial and imperial wars, especially also in Near East (http://tinyurl.com/pznrayh). A different matter is that Frances´s secular traditions should be honoured despite of that. I also understand the ban of the burka if covering the face. I also agree that the extreme covering of women in some Muslim societies is a symbol of lacking freedom for women. Likewise the unnecessary uncovering of women in contrast to men in Western societies is also a symbol of degrading women to sex symbols.
Swim Suits around 1912
France´s Society going mad?!
France had – like Germany – a recent series of terror attacs. No matter who in the final analysis was behind it (http://tinyurl.com/zrwrk3k) it implicated young muslims who feel that their places of origin are degraded, occupied, war torn by the West. As much as they do in the final analysis the job Western Power Elites (particularly the US Power Elite) want them to do and as much as they should be warned of that (http://tinyurl.com/9bghg9n) it appears some people in France are very eager to provoke more of such stupid and cruel attacks (to have more reason for interventions?).
Europe shouldn´t be too proud of its „freedom“, around hundred years ago people in Europe were covered at bathing places in a similar way.
One can only warn the people of France: don´t tear your society more apart by some totally unnecessary symbolic acts of cultural Imperialism!