The issue of the burkini never ceases to resurface in public debate. Éric Piolle, the environmental mayor of Grenoble, was the subject of a complaint filed by the opposition group of the municipal council and initiated by Alain Carignon, former city councilor. The former candidate for the Greens primary for the 2022 presidential election would not have respected a decision of the Council of State which prohibited the wearing of the burkini in Grenoble municipal swimming pools. On July 28, women wearing what looked like a burkini were allowed to swim in one of the city’s swimming pools.
“Alain Carignon is the corrupt mayor of Grenoble”
Guest of Jeanne Baron on Europe 1, Éric Piolle first attacked the former mayor of the city, Alain Carignon, at the origin of this complaint. “Alain Carignon is the corrupt mayor of Grenoble. It’s his trace in history. And he’s been back for 20 years now. He was already there in the 70s and he’s been back for 20 years. returns to pollute the Grenoble political scene”, he asserted.
In order to justify the authorization granted to these women wearing a burkini to bathe on July 28, the ecologist mayor relies in particular on article 10 of the Grenoble swimming pool regulations which stipulates that “any woman wearing a bath cover, adjusted close to the body, can enter a swimming pool”.
Éric Piolle therefore ensures “definitively respect” the decision of the Council of State “which was not to suspend the entire regulation of swimming pools but to suspend the skirts which are therefore not close to the body”. And to conclude “if there is no skirt, there is no burkini”.
“There is no reason to legitimize permanently on women’s clothes”
On several occasions, Éric Piolle mentioned a “non-subject”, preferring to pour out on the lack of water or even the fires which affect many European countries this summer. “That’s our real subjects,” he insisted in particular. He also pointed the finger at “climatosceptics who want to occupy all of the media space with subjects that are not”.
The mayor of Grenoble then reaffirmed his desire to see women “dress as they wish”. “When the police fined topless women in the eastern Pyrenees last summer, the Minister of the Interior came to their defense. There is no reason to legislate permanently on women’s clothing”, to -he produces.