French burqini bans face legal challenge as tension mounts

August 25, 2016 12:15 PM

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French burqini bans face legal challenge as tension mounts

Critics of local French bans on full-body burqini swimsuits have filed legal challenges, forcing the country's highest administrative authority to investigate Thursday whether such bans are actually legal, as photos and video surface showing police forcing Muslim women to disrobe.

Images of uniformed police appearing to require a woman to take off her tunic, and media accounts of similar incidents, have elicited shock and anger online this week.

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