At least that's according to recent UK newspaper articles and Twitter storms. The Speedo in question is a figure hugging skimpy nylon attire worn - in this incarnation - by middle aged portly white men which is deemed offensive and should be 'outlawed' on the French Riviera.
Zut alors! I may side with that call.
It's actually the regulation in public pools in Paris for boys and men to wear Speedo's. A hygiene thing. When my son was eight years old he wasn't allowed to swim in the fantastic public pool near Bastille is his baggy swim shorts. "C'est interdit."
And no way around it.
We ended up buying a pair of Speedo's there - conveniently for purchase - and he almost refused to come out of the locker.
He said he was too embarrassed to swim. Well, all the other males - young and old - wore them so eventually he jumped in the pool.
Ok, so here's some of the Twitter Speedo storm. Twitter users have been inspired by the controversial ruling to highlight a more offensive issue (than burkini's) plaguing beaches the world over.
So on Twitter In Wake of Burkini Ban, Muslim Women Demand Criminalization of Fat White Men in Speedos -
People are asking France to ban 'pasty' fat men in Speedos instead of burkini's ...
Instead of banning the #burkini ban fat pasty guys in #Speedo ... Clearly, if there are now "Burkini Talks," there must also be a "Speedo Summit.
And in the UK The Sun says ‘Speedos are 100x more offensive’: Following France’s burkini ban, scores of people are calling on men to ditch their skimpy swimwear
This headline from the Daily Mail: Oh no! It's the return of the Speedo: Those tiny pouches of straining nylon are all the rage again. Look away now ladies
with Rod the Mod Stewart sporting one
Cara - Tuesday who says you be the judge, Mesdames et Messieurs
PS There are more important issues in France than this...