NEWS BRIEF The burqini ban, which has spread across 26 French towns, was presented Thursday before the State Council, France’s highest administrative court, Agence-France Presse reports.
France’s Human Rights League (LDH) and the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) appealed a lower court decision Monday in Nice that upheld the proscription of the swimwear on beaches in Villeneuve-Loubet, one of the first towns to institute the ban.
The lower court’s ruling said the ban was “necessary, appropriate, and proportionate” to preventing public disorder, arguing the swimsuit favored by some Muslim women could be interpreted as a provocation. Patrice Spinosi, the LDH lawyer, called the move “a serious and manifestly illegal infringement” of individual’s fundamental freedoms.
The high court’s ruling, which is expected to be announced Friday, will set a legal precedent for towns to observe across the country.
The high court’s decision comes amid a nationwide debate over whether the conservative swimwear has a place in France’s secular society—a debate which intensified Tuesday after photos surfaced of four policemen fining a woman for not wearing “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism” while she lounged on the shores of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.