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French Court Says Bye, Bye to Burkini Bans
Authorities in 15 French towns had banned burkinis, full-body wetsuits worn by Muslim women, citing public concerns in the wake of terrorist attacks in the country. However a French court reversed those bans today saying the mayors who enacted them did not have the proper authority to do so.
Earlier this week, photographs emerged of four police confronting a woman at a Nice beach and forcing her to remove some of her clothing. The Guardian reports:
A witness to the scene, Mathilde Cousin, confirmed the incident. “The saddest thing was that people were shouting ‘go home’, some were applauding the police,” she said. “Her daughter was crying.”
Last week, Nice became the latest French resort to ban the burkini. Using language similar to the bans imposed earlier at other locations, the city barred clothing that “overtly manifests adherence to a religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks”.
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