Top French court sus­pends burkini ban

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FRENCH re­sorts were de­fi­ant af­ter a ban on the burkini in a Riviera town was over­turned, vow­ing to keep the re­stric­tions in place and con­tinue im­pos­ing fines on women who wear the full-body swim­suit.

In a judge­ment ex­pected to lead to bans be­ing over­turned in around 30 coastal towns, the State Coun­cil, France’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court, ruled on Au­gust 26 the mea­sure was a “se­ri­ous and clearly il­le­gal vi­o­la­tion of fun­da­men­tal free­doms”.

The sus­pen­sion of the ban on the Is­lamic swim­suit, which has trig­gered a fierce de­bate in France and sparked crit­i­cal head­lines around the world, was wel­comed by the UN, and a French Muslim group said it was a “vic­tory for com­mon sense”.

But the rul­ing, which only ap­plied to the ban im­posed by Vil­leneuve-Lou­bet, was quickly dis­missed by sev­eral other towns, in­clud­ing Nice, which vowed to keep the re­stric­tions in place and con­tinue im­pos­ing fines on women who wear the burkini.

In its de­ci­sion, the court said lo­cal au­thor­i­ties could only in­tro­duce mea­sures re­strict­ing in­di­vid­ual free­doms if wear­ing the swim­suit on beaches rep­re­sented a “proven risk” to pub­lic or­der. –

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