Unless the VOA is mistaken, Rennes lifted their public-swimming pools burkini ban a few years ago (seemingly in 2019) without causing much outcry.
A few years ago, local authorities quietly changed pool rules allowing all kinds of swimsuits, including burkinis. Initial controversy soon quieted down. Now, of the thousands swimming in Rennes public pools each year, local government says, just over a handful wear burkinis.
On the other hand, the central French government has deemed, in the words of the interior minister, the lifting of the ban by Grenoble an "unacceptable provocation" and hailed the top administrative court ruling against Grenoble as
"a victory for the law against separatism, for secularism and beyond that, for the whole republic," Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on Twitter.
Why explains this difference in reaction, if its real and VOA didn't miss something in 2019?