Following the controversy, the aquatic center SpeedWater Park and the mayor of the municipality that hosts it, near Marseille, have renounced welcome Smile Association and its 13 day reserved for women and children must respect a specific dress code.
The day “burkini” will not take place. By mutual agreement, the mayor of the town of Les Pennes-Mirabeau, in Bouches-du-Rhône, Michel Amiel, and the manager of the water park, agreed not to rent the center SpeedWater Park, near Marseille, the association Smile 13. the day provided by this women’s association on September 10 sparked a virulent political controversy: the event was reserved for women and children must respect a strict dress code and permit the wearing of burkinis and bath jilbebs , Islamic dress that covers the female body, ankles hair.
“the head of the aquatic center had no news of the association for several weeks, said Tuesday the various leftist mayor Michel Amiel on France Bleu Provence. He did not measure the emotion that the organization of this event could generate. “According to the Mayor of Pennes-Mirabeau, the manager of the water park” did not want to take the decision to cancel the single event ” . The two men signed a joint statement to explain the reasons for the cancellation.
“This is a good decision that calms the game continues Michel Amiel on France Bleu Provence. We saw the reactions on social networks completely outrageous, Islamophobic, xenophobic, racist, which I utterly condemn, but given the circumstances, we must move towards appeasement. “
Meanwhile, the ‘Smile 13 Association published a very detailed press release, Saturday, August 6, on his Facebook page. “We are sad and worried to witness the flood of racist hatred, profanity and threats we are the target, as an association but also individually,” said the association, which expressed “astonishment and regret the extent of the controversy. ” association officials mention “death threats that targeted members of the team,” in which a person would have received “a registered letter in the revolver bullets.”
The association decided to refer the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF). “It is allowed in France to swim whatever our holding in compliance with safety rules. It is equally possible to privatize places like SpeedWater Park, by a contractual arrangement with the owners, “insists the association, which sees in this case” yet another controversy Islamophobic “. Assisted “by jurists and lawyers CFIC” Smile 13 account do well “assert [its] rights.” On the Facebook page of the association, the page dedicated to the organization of the event scheduled on September 10 disappeared.