“Beachwear manifesting religious affiliation in an ostentatious way, while France and its religious sites are currently the target of terrorist attacks, could create the risk of disturbances to public order,” says the official document. The ban could also include saris worn by Indian women because the long cloth could make it difficult for rescuers in case of an emergency. France is home to about 5 million Muslims and the country banned burqas and niqabs, full veils for the face, in 2010. “We live in a common public space, there are rules to follow,” Mayor David Lisnard said now. The mayor of the nearby town of Villeneuve-Loubet, also in the Alpes-Maritimes area, has also introduced a burkini ban. The ban is considered a “violation of the most elementary principles of law” by the Human Rights League and the Collective Action Against Islamophobia in France, which are expected to initiate a legal action against.