Tuesday, August 30, 2016

French PM On Naked Breasts Versus Burkas...

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People look at Eugène Delacroix’s 1830 painting Liberty Leading the People, which Manuel Valls appeared to be referencing. Photograph: Alamy

The French prime minister has drawn criticism for suggesting that naked breasts are more representative of France than a headscarf, in the latest flare-up of the bitter political row over the burkini.

Manuel Valls, who clashed with France’s education minister over his support for mayors who have banned full-body swimsuits from beaches, gave a rousing speech on Monday night in which he hailed the bare breasts of Marianne, a national symbol of the French Republic.

“Marianne has a naked breast because she is feeding the people! She is not veiled, because she is free! That is the republic!” he thundered at a government rally.

The inference that bare breasts were a symbol of France while the Muslim headscarf was problematic sparked scorn from politicians and derision from historians and feminists.


Ayup. If we were French we'd be with the PM. Full story BELOW THE FOLD.

Via: Memeorandum

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