France’s top administrative court overturns burkini ban

August 26, 2016 1:37 PM

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France’s top administrative court overturns burkini ban

PARIS—After a month of intense national scandal and heightened international outrage, France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’État, overturned on Friday the so-called “burkini bans” imposed by 26 of the country’s coastal towns and cities.

Imposed in the name of secularism, perhaps France’s most sacred ideal, the bans had prohibited Muslim women from wearing the “burkini”—a full-body bathing suit designed to respect traditional codes of modesty—on the beach.

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