Accordingly legislators in France instituted a fine for any woman wearing a hijab or a head scarf or even a full body swimsuit or "Burkini" to the beach.
"Join us at the French embassy to show solidarity with French Muslim women and to call for the repeal of this oppressive law by the French Government".
Many spoke of their shock at a photograph widely published by British media this week which showed a headscarved woman, surrounded by police on a beach in Nice in the south of France, who had to remove a top garment.
France's highest administrative court are now considering a challenge to the ban.
Mayor David Lisnard instituted a burkini ban in the French resort town of Cannes in late July, CBS News reported.
Francois Pinatel, the lawyer for the town of Villeneuve-Loubet, acknowledged the mayor's order had infringed basic freedoms but argued this was legal because the decree was meant to safeguard public order following the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice 15 kilometers (9 miles) away.
The prime minister, while stressing his opposition to the burkini, urged police to implement the bans fairly and respectfully.
Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, a feminist with North African roots, said that while she doesn't like the burkini swimsuit, bans of the garment are politically driven and unleashing racist sentiment. Health Minister Marisol Touraine took a similar stance.
As France's highest administrative court is set to review a request to overturn a ban on the burkini full-body swimsuit, which is worn by some devout Muslim women, it has emerged that the majority of French people are against the burkini being worn on beaches, according to a survey. Among the demonstrators was 40-year-old Jenny Dawkins, a curate at All Saints Church in Peckham.
In Berlin, about 60 people - some wearing burkinis, others bikinis - protested outside the French embassy in front of the Brandenburg Gate. France's Human Rights League (LDH) and the anti-Islamophobia association (CCIF) argue the bans contravene freedom of opinion, religion, clothing and movement. The administrative court added that wearing "conspicuous" religious clothing on the beach may be seen as a "provocation" and increase tensions.
The Nice court also said that burkinis can be viewed as an "expression of an erasing" of women and of "a lowering of their place which is not consistent with their status in a democratic society". The first provision in France's constitution declares it is "a secular republic".