French Court Rules Against Burkini Ban After Backlash

A Muslim woman wears a burkini on a beach in Marseille, France, on August 17.
A Muslim woman wears a burkini on a beach in Marseille, France, on August 17.

A French court has ruled against the burkini ban implemented by seaside town Villeneuve-Loubet after mounting backlash, reported CNN.

The ban, which is in place in over a dozen French towns, prevented women from wearing ‘burkinis’ – swimsuits for women that cover everything but the face, hands and feet.

France’s highest administrative court ruled on Friday that mayors do not have the right to ban burkinis, CNN said. Other cities in the European country could subsequently be ordered to lift their bans as well.

The ban was first implemented in Cannes on Aug. 12, with the mayor calling them a “symbol of Islamic extremism,” after the July ISIS terror attack in Nice. The other towns quickly followed suit, charging women who disobeyed the ban a fine.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Lindsay Kimble