France’s highest administrative court has suspended the Burkini ban after ruling that these bans being enforced are illegal and and a violation of fundamental liberties.
This ruling has arrived shortly after a photograph emerged of a women being forced to remove her top on a beach in Nice by the police. The photograph sparked outrage all over the world as people stood up for women’s right to wear whatever they want and how it was the ban that was oppressing them, not the clothing.
According to the State Council: The Burkini ban “seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms to come and go, freedom of beliefs and individual freedom.”
They also found that no evidence hinting that a risk to public order was being caused by “the outfits worn by some people to go swimming”.
A lower court ruled earlier this week that the ban was “necessary, appropriate and proportionate” to prevent public disorder but the verdict was challenged by the Human Rights League (LDH) and Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), who took the case to the State Council.
The Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) greeted this verdict with great relief, “This victory has a strong symbolic resonance that will put an end to the onslaught of stigmatising and draconian political statements.”
The ruling has suspended the anti-burkini law in Villeneuve-Loubet. However, Corsican Mayor Ange-Pierre Vivoni vows to ignore the top court ruling after insisting it “does not affect” his town, which was the scene of a beach brawl which prompted a series of French coastal towns to ban the burkini.