The Cannes burkini ban made its presence felt for the first time when 10 women were reprimanded for covering up while at the beach. Among the 10 were grandmothers and young mothers, who were forced off the beach and fined by the police.
The ban on the wearing of the burkini now makes sporting head and body covering garments in the water -- commonly called burkinis -- a criminal offense.
According to the Daily Mail, four of the women were charged around €37 in fines, and all of them have received criminal warnings that will appear on their records.
The reprimand came days after the mayor of Cannes controversially banned women from bathing in the sea while covering up their skin.
The burkini, which derives its name from the burqa and the bikini, is usually worn by Muslim women who wear the burqa or the headscarf, but its uses are manifold.
More importantly, it is not a legally defined item of clothing, and confusion is now raging over whether it can mean any water resistant clothing that covers the head -- even for non-religious reasons.
The Cannes burkini ban has unveiled a spate of protests all over the country, with most people against the ordinance arguing that a move like this is bound to deepen rifts between the Muslim population of the country and the non-Muslim.