Well, what do you think? I'm not understanding how French officials can think it's "unhygenic." Is it less "unhygenic" than a thong bikini? I guess if "exposing skin" is equal to "hygiene," then I wouldn't get upset if some random hairy naked guy sat on my couch and picked at his toenails. That would be ok.
And Sarkozy wants the burqua banned? I don't get that, unless one is speaking of covering the face as well in public. I could at least see a remote security issue with that. But otherwise? Sounds a lot like general dislike of Muslims. Which... fine. Just say that that's what it is and be done with it. If it's your country, go have fun with that. Make all immigrants to France sign a "Death to Allah" pledge before they come in, renouncing all Muslim heritage and swearing loyalty to nominal Catholicism. It isn't like Saudi Arabia is holding weekly welcoming parties for incoming Christians, so, hey! Whatever you want on that, because it's not my country. We Americans just have enough going on in our own backyard before we worry about what kind of swimsuits are legal there. Just let's not pretend about it being "unhygenic," mmmkay?
Anyway, from the *picture* it looks like something I would like to wear to the pool, minus the headgear. It is modest, but not weighty. I think it would be nice if it came in, say, a cow pattern. Then I could feel as though people are making fun of my *swimsuit* and not me when I'm in the water. It would be perfect. :]
But on the other hand, when an accusation like this comes up, wouldn't it be useful to have an actual picture of the woman and the "offending" garment? The thing could have weighed 50 pounds and been unsafe. I don't know the lady! Maybe she had lice or something and it really was a bit... unhygenic. Maybe it was just BO and the pool operators thought of an excuse really quick.
In any event, newspeople, pictures of actual events and places would be nice. Otherwise, if there is a news story about me, please run a picture of Brooke Shields circa 1984 instead of my actual photo. Then write in the caption that this photo is SIMILAR to what I look like. That would work for me. Thanks!