The summer period is sometimes referred to as the 'silly season' in the press, when there's not a lot of news and the newspapers are full of less serious stories. You might be forgiven for thinking that the ban on burkinis introduced by a number of French mayors was one such story, but you'd be wrong - here in France it's a very serious political issue which has divided both political parties and public opinion. This cartoon by Schrank puts things in perspective ...
To fully understand this cartoon, you have to get the '1962' reference. In fact, it refers to the 1962 James Bond movie Dr No, in which Ursula Andress (or 'Undress' as she is sometimes known!), emerges from the sea in a white bikini (a scene pastiched by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale). The cartoonist seems to be suggesting that these days, covering yourself up is more shocking than exposing your body (the police are coming to arrest the burkini-wearing woman).
1. We've been here before. Here's a post of of mine from 2009 entitled 'French Burkini Ban'!
2. This topic might be a bit too sensitive to discuss in class, but you could always ask your students what they would ban if they had the power.
3. You can see more burkini cartoons here.
The portmanteau burkini comes from combining bikini with burka, and it’s a term for an all-over swimming garment designed to protect the modesty of Muslim swimmers.