France’s top court suspends ‘illegal’ burkini ban that ‘breaches fundamental freedoms’

The burkini ban controversy continues in France.

A French court on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits imposed by a Mediterranean resort that has angered Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners.

The Council of State’s ruling against Villeneuve-Loubet is expected to set a precedent for the dozens of other French towns that have also laid down such bans.

But it is unlikely to put an end to a controversy that has shown the difficulties France has had integrating its Muslim population.

The issue also highlights the problems Muslims in France have experienced following a series of deadly attacks carried out by Islamist militants against the public in the past 20 months, including in Paris and Nice. Read more

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