Friday, August 26, 2016

France's Highest Court Suspends Burkini Ban

The French State Council, the country's supreme court, this afternoon has ruled that the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet cannot be enforced legally.

The court said the ban "seriously, and clearly illegally, breached the fundamental freedoms to come and go, the freedom of beliefs and individual freedom".

The ban spread to more than a dozen coastal towns following horrific Islamic State terror attacks in Nice and Normandy last month.

A spokesperson for the League of Human Rights said the ban was a "serious and illegal attack on numerous fundamental rights".

Lawyer Patrice Spinosi told the State Council's judges: "France is afraid, but the law must not give in to this fear." The law has however been suspended.