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Woman ordered to remove top and headscarf on French beach

Armed police surround sleeping bather before warning her over dress code

Woman ordered to remove top and headscarf on French beach
Photo for illustrative purpose. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Armed French police ordered a sleeping woman to remove her head scarf and tunic on a beach in Nice.

Three armed officers pointed a pepper spray canister in the face of the woman, 34, and told her she was in breach of rules banning swimming costumes covering the entire body, reported Mail Online.

The woman, who was surrounded by sunbathers in bikinis, pointed out she was not wearing a burkini and that officers wanted to humiliate her in front of her children and family members.

The incident took place at the Promenade des Anglais beach close to the site of the Bastille Day lorry attack. It is understood the woman was fined and warned about the dress code.

It comes as UK high street chain Marks & Spencer reported that its burkini collection has sold out, according to The Independent.

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