From Daily Mail:

The France burkini row has deepened after claims that photos of a Muslim woman forced to remove her swimwear by armed police on a beach were staged.

French politicians and media questioned the controversial incident in Nice on Tuesday and asked why the woman was lying down on a beach with no towel, book or parasol in the full glare of the midday sun near a police post – with a photographer nearby.

They are fears France’s controversial burkini ban, which began in Cannes, may be leapt upon as a propaganda tool by Islamic extremists.  

Four French police officers close in on the woman, who appears to be sleeping, on the Promenade des Anglais beach in Nice, southern France

The woman, who was wearing a traditional headscarf and matching top, was spoken to by the officers, who have been tasked with implementing the ban

French Socialist politician Julien Dray said: ‘You don’t need to be a genius to know what happened. I am suspicious. She is near a police post. She does not seem to want to sunbathe because she is covered up, but she does not have a parasol, either.

‘Who sent a photographer to that spot to take those pictures. By whom? To what end? Hardly had they gone online than they went round the world, notably in the Middle East media.’

 She was alone without a thing under the burning sun. The trap worked. There is manipulation.

Olivier Siou, political editor of TV station France 2

‘These images seem to have been prepared. If this is true, it is very serious.

‘That would confirm that people are deliberately try to damage the unity of our country and our freedoms.’ 

Laurent Bouvet, founder of the political magazine Printemps Republicain, said: ‘Why, when there is a ban on that type of dress on the beach, should she place herself right …

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