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Thank you for your article, which provides well-reasoned arguments in favour of freedom of beliefs and expression, and the emancipation of women. While other important factors are at play here, and there is a need to take into account the whole cultural and political context where this happen, I tend to agree that there is something wrong and unhelpful with the policing of what women are allowed to wear at the beach, more particularly in relation to burkinis, and the logic invoked to prohibit these.

It seems to me though that, if it is wrong for the French police to enforce what women are allowed to wear in certain places, something needs to be said as well about “sharia police” patrolling certain areas to enforce that (among other things) women are wearing what they believe they need to be wearing.