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France’s highest court ruled on Tuesday against “burkinis” in public swimming pools, but did not crack down on public topless for women.

France’s Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, has ruled that allowing the burkini swimsuit – a modest, full-body swimsuit worn by Muslim women – would violate the country’s secular governance and laws against corruption. religious influence.

Shortly after it was lifted, the ban was reinstated by the Administrative Court of Grenoble. The Council of State’s decision on the matter has been awaited for weeks. The burkini had already been legalized by the city of Grenoble in May 2021, as well as topless swimming, after the outcry of the inhabitants.

The Council of State overturned lower court rulings allowing the burkini, saying the religious nature of the garment and the implications it has for women’s rights make it unsuitable for public swimming pools.

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Algerian women wear a “burkini” in the sea on the beach in Oran, west of Algiers, on August 5, 2017.
(Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

French court bans burkinis, fails to stop city from allowing topless women in public bathing areas

Muslim woman wearing a burkini while enjoying the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico at San Marco Beach on Marco Island, Florida on September 1, 2018.
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France, the birthplace of the bikini, has for years struggled with its standards on women’s swimwear.

In 2016, swimwear became controversial following an extremist Islamist attack on the city of Nice, France. Cities began banning the burkini, with police fining Muslim women who wore them and refused to take off some of their clothes or leave the beach.

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French court bans burkinis, fails to stop city from allowing topless women in public bathing areas

Mayor of Grenoble Eric Piolle (L), of the French environmentalist party EELV, alongside his first deputy Elisa Martin (C), chairs a session of the municipal council aimed at abolishing its bathing dress code in municipal swimming pools and thus authorizing wearing the “burkini” all-in-one women’s swimsuit, on May 16, 2022 in Grenoble. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

France is not alone in the growing conversation about swimwear and the lack thereof. Nudity laws prohibiting topless women at the beach have been challenged and sometimes overturned across the United States.

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A Nantucket, Mass. The proposal titled ‘Gender Equality on the Beaches’ allowing anyone to go topless on the beaches was passed last month at the annual town hall meeting.

The amendment read, “In order to promote equality for all people, anyone will be permitted to be topless on any public or private beach” in the city.

The stopped, proposed by seventh-generation Nantucket resident Dorothy Stover, was passed with a 327-242 vote by Beach Gender Equality, according to WCVB. The next step is for the measure to now be approved by the state attorney general’s office.

Haley Chi-Sing of Fox News and the New York Post contributed to this report.


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