Coming soon to a beach near you... Yes, YOU, even if you live in Germany or France or Britain or Canada or Australia or even... horrors... the Excited States of America. Introducing the burkini, perfectly Islamic swimwear for the modest Muslim woman.
I'm talking about the one on the right. Duh. Not the typical Middle Eastern matron shape, true, but definitely the latest thing in fashions for fastidious Islamists. If you think this is a joke, check Google Images for "burkini" and you'll see hundreds of them, available online or from your local Muslim merchant.
Believe it or not, some people find this lovely beachwear offensive. This week, the mayor of Cannes, the French resort town, has announced a ban on the wearing of burkinis, for the sake of public order. Mayor David Lisnard called the burkini a "symbol of Islamic extremism". Imagine that!
The actual decree reads as follows: "Access to beaches and for swimming is banned to any person wearing improper clothes that are not respectful of good morals and secularism. Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order."
Can you imagine any government official in the USA, Canada or Britain being so politically incorrect as to write or say such things? I thought not.
UPDATE 15/8/16: Yes! Ed. has found a video! This comes from Canada's Global TV, with a report that the mayor of a Corsican town has banned burkinis after a clash between local residents and Muslim bathers of North African origin. Ange-Pierre Vivoni, the mayor of Sisco, told France-Info radio Monday that the ban aimed at calming religious tensions and protecting Muslims.
The French Ministry of the Interior said a clash Saturday in Sisco that left at least four people injured and three cars torched reportedly started over the presence of women in burkinis. Cannes and the town of Villeneuve-Loubet also recently banned the burkini.
Further reading (for those confused about Islamic dress): "Hijab, niqab, burqa -- what's the difference?", one of WWW's most-viewed posts.