Top French court makes initial ruling to suspend burkini ban

by Reuters
Friday, 26 August 2016 13:08 GMT

PARIS, Aug 26 (Reuters) - France's highest administrative court on Friday suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has outraged Muslims and opened divisions within the government, pending a definitive ruling, the court said in a statement.

The Conseil d'Etat gave the ruling following a request from the League of Human Rights to overturn the burkini ban in the Mediterranean town of Villeneuve-Loubet on the grounds it contravenes civil liberties.

Under the French legal system, temporary decisions can be handed down before the court takes more time to prepare a judgement on the underlying legality of the case.

(Writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Ingrid Melander and Richard Lough)

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