Top French court to examine burkini ban

Fifteen French towns have banned the burkini, triggering a fierce debate about the full-body swimsuit and women's rightsA ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit by several French towns will come before France’s highest administrative court on Thursday, the tribunal said. The Human Rights League (LDH) is appealing a decision by a lower court in the Riviera city of Nice which upheld a ban on the outfit by the town of Villeneuve-Loubet. Villeneuve-Loubet, just west of Nice, was among the first of some 15 French towns to ban the burkini, triggering a fierce debate in France and elsewhere about the wearing of the full-body swimsuit, women’s rights and secularity.

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