A woman who wore a burkini to swim in a communal pool in France has reportedly been left to pick up a hefty cleaning bill, because her swimwear could have "tainted" the water.
The woman, named as Fadila, was asked to leave the pool complex at a private residence near Marseille in south France.
The apartment owner later called her husband and said she must stop swimming in the pool for the remainder of the stay. He also said the couple must foot the â‚¬490 (NZ$780) bill, claiming it had to be emptied and cleaned and pay damages because it was out of use for two days.
"I was disappointed, shocked, wounded by the fact that someone could be so hypocritical and wicked because of a burkini," Fadila told charity United Against Islamophobia in France. The charity agreed the burkini could not have caused damage as they are designed for swimming.
French courts have previously suspended burkini bans imposed by resorts, saying the swimwear did not pose any threat to the public.
The couple refused to pay the bill, but the owner allegedly took the money from their account regardless.