French court suspends ban on ‘burkini’
Amid severe backlash both home and abroad, a French court on Friday suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits after it was approached by rights groups.
More than 30 French towns have banned burkinis on the grounds of public order and safety after a series of terror attacks in France. The ruling, however, applies only to the southern seaside town of Villeneuve-Loubet. France’s highest administrative court will decide on Friday whether to overturn the ban, ‘Al Jazeera’ has reported.
The State Council was specifically examining laws brought in by the commune of Villeneuve-Loubet but its verdict sets a legal precedent for France.
The court said in a statement the decree to ban burkinis in Villeneuve-Loubet “had seriously infringed, in a manner that was clearly illegal, fundamental liberties such as the freedom to come and go, religious freedom and individual freedom”.
The ban on burkini sparked outrage both in France and around the world last week, after pictures emerged of a woman being forced to remove her burkini by French Police on a beach in Nice.