Four years ago, the French government not only defended Charlie Hebdo’s right to publish offensive cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed; it also said that it would block a protest planned by people angry over the anti-Islam movie The Innocence of Muslims.
Now, the Nice tribunal has ruled in favour of the burkini ban after determining that the burkini is “liable to offend the religious convictions or (religious) non-convictions of other users of [public beaches],” and “be felt as a defiance or a provocation exacerbating tensions felt by” the [French] community.
I fail to see the coherence here. In fact, I am reminded of a quote from Animal Farm, sadly applicable to the manner in which France is selectively choosing to apply its “democratic” values:
“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”