After being challenged by rights groups, France's highest administrative court overturned a controversial ban on the burkini in a coastal town!
The ruling from the state council on Friday specifically pertains to the southeastern town of Villeneuve-Loubet — lifting the ban of the single piece, head covering swimsuit designed for Muslim women — but sets a legal precedent for the roughly 30 towns that have issued similar bans.
Human Rights League lawyer Patrice Spinosi told press that other mayors who banned the outfit must follow the ruling, and that women who have been fined for wearing burkinis can now challenge the penalties.
The state council ruled that the mayor of the southern resort town did not have a right to issue a ban, noting that authorities could only restrict individual liberties if there was a "proven risk."
Rights group lawyers argued the bans — which reached a social boiling point earlier this week when