A swimmer has spoken of her shock after she was allegedly handed a £440 cleaning bill for wearing a burkini in a French swimming pool. The woman, named as Fadila, was getting in pool while on holiday with her family near Marseille when a member of staff reportedly said other guests to get out. She claims her husband was then contacted by site’s owner, who allegedly said him to prevent her going swimming for remainder of their stay. The couple also say the man gave them a €490 (£440) bill to pay to have pool emptied and cleaned. Fee also included compensation for damages because site would be out of use for 2 days. Fadila said to United Against Islamophobia in France charity ‘I was disappointed, shocked, wounded by the fact that someone could be so hypocritical and wicked because of a burkini.’

A burkini is a modesty swimsuit that covers everything but wearer’s face, hands and feet. The CCIF claims Fadila’s was specially designed for swimming and therefore could not have caused a hygiene issue. Couple refused to pay the bill to which owner allegedly reacted by taking the money from their account without issuing an invoice.

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