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Women fined for wearing 'burkinis' on French beach

A woman wears a 'burkini' swimsuit in Marseille, France Credit: Reuters

At least ten Muslim women have been stopped by police and four fined for wearing 'burkini' swimsuits in a French resort town.

The Conservative mayor of Cannes introduced a temporary ban on the cover-ups last month on the grounds that they violated national laws on secularism and posed a security risk.

A town hall spokeswoman said that since then ten women had been stopped by police, with six agreeing to leave the beach and the other four fined 38 euros each.

France has outlawed women from covering their face in public - though this would not extend to the burkini which normally covers the hair but not the face.

Bans on the full-body beachwear have been introduced by several French towns this summer in a move that has sparked fierce national debate.

Police cannot oblige women to leave the beaches for wearing a burkini, and the same person can only be fined once a day.


Death toll rises after flash flooding on French Riviera

Cars floated away during the heavy flooding

Torrential rains and flash flooding around the French Riviera have killed at least 13 people, including several trapped in cars and a retirement home.

French president Francois Hollande said in a statement that people were found dead in the towns of Cannes, Biot, Golfe-Juan and Mandelieu-la-Napoule in the south east, not far from Italy. He said the rains on Saturday night also caused serious damage.

More than 17 centimetres (6.7in) of rain fell on the Cannes region in two hours, local radio France Bleu-Azur reported.

Ugly Betty star 'red-faced' after ambushed by prankster

A prankster had to be dragged away by security during the Cannes Film Festival, after the man who appeared to be wearing a official accreditation, disturbed proceedings by crawling behind the cast of How To Train Your Dragon 2 and placing his head underneath actress America Ferrera's dress.

Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett, Ferrera, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harrington were being introduced on the red carpet for the photo call. After the incident he was immediately led off and handed to a policeman.

The man is reported to be Vitalii Sediuk, an infamous Ukrainian television reporter who has pulled several similar pranks in the past, including kissing Will Smith at a Moscow premiere.

Cannes jewel heist took place in the space of a minute

A French assistant prosecutor has described an audacious jewel heist from a hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes which netted an estimated haul of £88m.

Philippe Vique told the Associated Press the suspect broke in through French doors at the hotel that open out onto Cannes' famed Croisette.

The armed robber broke in through French doors at the Carlton Hotel.

He then held up three private security guards, two vendors and a manager of a temporary jewellery exhibition with a handgun, then fled on foot.

Mr Vique said the hold-up itself took place in the space of about a minute.

"He took a bag containing a briefcase and a small box, and then fled by another French door on the inside. He left on foot ... it was very fast."

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