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Norway's Progress Party wants a burqini ban

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Norway's Progress Party wants a burqini ban
Stenersen said the burqini, shown here on a woman at a beach in Tunisia, has no place in Norway. Photo: FETHI BELAID/AFP/SCANPIX
09:52 CEST+02:00
A high-ranking member of Norway's anti-immigration Progress Party wants the Nordic nation to follow the lead of some 30 French towns by banning the burqini, a full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women.
Aina Stenersen, the Progress Party's leader in Oslo, said the burqini is oppressive and thus plans to introduce a proposal to bar it from Norwegian beaches. 
 
“The Progress Party is very concerned about integration. Therefore, we believe that in some instances, we must implement bans if it concerns things that inhibit integration,” Stenersen told Aftenposten.
 
 
Progress is currently crafting a new party programme, and the proposed burqini ban is expected to be included. Stenersen said she has been closing following the burqini bans introduced in a number of towns in the south of France and completely supports the French police's enforcement of the new provision.
 
“I believe that the burqini is on par with the niqab as a garment that oppresses women. It is a cloth prison, which doesn't promote integration, but inhibits it,” she said.
 
She said that the fine for breaking such a ban in should be 500 kroner, nearly twice as much as the €30 fine in France. 
 
France's highest administrative court is on Friday expected to rule on a request to scrap the ban on the Islamic burqini swimsuit in the midst of furore within in the country and extensive international attention
 
A lower court ruled earlier this week that the ban is "necessary, appropriate and proportionate" to prevent public disorder after a succession of jihadists attacks in France, including one in Nice on July 14th.
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