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French court's suspension of town's 'burkini' ban may bring a lengthy legal and political battle

French court's suspension of town's 'burkini' ban may bring a lengthy legal and political battle

It’s about much, much more than swimwear.

The highest administrative court in France on Friday suspended one town’s ban on full-body bathing suits — often called burkinis — in a closely watched ruling likely to set a legal precedent across the country.

The court declared that banning the body-concealing bathing apparel sometimes worn by observant Muslim women went against fundamental civil liberties.

More than two dozen French towns have adopted a similar prohibition — a chain reaction that sprang up in the weeks after a devastating truck rampage in the Riviera resort city of Nice on July 14, Bastille Day, which left 86...

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