The owner of a private residence near Marseille, France, asked a woman toto pay a considerable fine to fund cleaning costs at the facility.
United Against Islamaphobia in France (Le Collectif Contre l’Islamophobie en France, CCIF) published an article which details Fadila’s* surprise when a staff member at the residence she was renting with her husband and three children asked everyone to leave the pool while she was swimming.
After she entered the water a member of staff allegedly told everyone else to leave the pool. The owner later called her husband and asked him to stop her from swimming for the remainder of their stay.
He is also alleged to have told the couple that they must foot the €490 (£$550) bill for the pool being emptied and cleaned and pay damages because it was out of use for two days.
The building’s syndicate also filed a report saying a woman wearing a burqa had entered the pool on 21 July and when someone asked her to get out she had refused.
“I was stunned because no one stopped me or said anything at all,” Fadila told the charity United Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF).“I was disappointed, shocked, wounded by the fact that someone could be so hypocritical and wicked because of a burkini.”
The couple refused to pay the bill, but the owner allegedly removed the fine from their account. French swimmming pools often prohibit beach swim-wear such as swimming shorts on the grounds that they are unhygienic
Last summer, fines were imposed on women wearing burkinis in the southern French town of Cannes.