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Burkini Ban Lifted in Nice After National Court Ruling

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The controversial ban on burkinis has been lifted in Nice – the latest French seaside resort to do so, in line with a national court ruling.

Bans on the women’s full-body swimsuits have also been lifted in Villeneuve-Loubet, Cannes, Frejus and Roquebrune.

French Riviera mayors imposed the bans, but they were overruled on August 26 by France’s top administrative court.

Critics see burkinis as a symbol of Islam and potentially provocative after the July terror atrocity in Nice.

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On August 26, France’s Council of State ruled that the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet “seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms”.

The human rights lawyer who brought that case said he would take each town to court over their burkini bans.

The Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) and the Human Rights League (LDH) challenged the Villeneuve-Loubet ban, turning it into a test case.

In recent days courts in several French Riviera resorts have annulled their bans – even though local mayors had vowed to keep them in place.

Two beach resorts in Corsica – Sisco and Ghisonaccia – still have bans in place.

France’s PM Manuel Valls wrote in support of the bans, saying burkinis were “the affirmation of political Islam in the public space”.

Burkinis were not mentioned by name in the bans, with the order simply saying beachwear must be respectful of good public manners and the principle of secularism.


French authorities had said that they were concerned about the public order implications of the religious clothing, especially after the attacks in Nice and Paris carried out by people influenced by Islamist extremism.

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