French high court overturns burkini ban
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France's highest administrative court on Friday suspended a local ban on the full-body swimsuit known as the burkini.
The Council of State ruled that the ban in a Mediterranean town, Villeneuve-Loubet, "seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms."
Such bans were implemented in dozens of French towns this summer in an effort to promote secular values in the wake of several terrorist attacks in the country.
Those who violated the ban were charged by French police for not "wearing an outfit respecting good morals and secularism.”
The ruling by the high court will likely set a precedent for a nationwide suspension of burkini bans in the near future.
"These bans do nothing to increase public safety but do a lot to promote public humiliation," Amnesty International's Europe director John Dalhuisen said.
However, the legal battle over the bans may not be done just yet.
Several mayors still support the ban, including the mayor of Corsica, who promised to keep his local law despite the court's ruling.
A majority of French people support the bans, according to public opinion polls.