Pictures have emerged of French police appearing to enforce the controversial “burkini ban” on a woman on a beach in the southern city of Nice.
Police appear to issue a fine to the woman, who is then seen removing a veil and baring her arms.
Nice’s deputy mayor said the removal of burkinis was a “necessity” after the deadly jihadist attack last month.
BCC reported that the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) expressed concern at the direction the public debate was taking.
A bid to overturn the ban is due to come before France’s highest administrative court on Thursday.
The incident, which took place on Tuesday, happened close to the site of the jihadist attack on Bastille Day in July.
Rudy Salles, the deputy mayor of Nice, said: “It’s a necessity after… the 14th of July on the Promenade des Anglais.
“It is not the habit and the custom of the Muslims in Nice to wear [clothes] like this on the beach.”