After global shock and outrage, France's top administrative court has overturned the controversial burkini ban in one town. The ban meant that some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches.
-- shaimaa khalil BBC (@Shaimaakhalil) August 24, 2016
The ruling by the Council of State specifically concerns a ban in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the binding decision is expected to set a legal precedent for the 30 or so French resort municipalities that have issued similar decrees.
Armed police force woman to take her clothes off. What part of that sentence is OK? #BurkiniBan
-- (((Dawn Butler MP))) (@DawnButlerBrent) August 24, 2016
Lawyers for two human rights groups challenged the legality of the ban, saying the orders infringe basic freedoms and that mayors have overstepped their powers by telling women what to wear on beaches.
So worrying that French armed police can force a woman to take her clothes off. Total violation of rights makes no one safer. #BurkiniBan
-- Claire Jones (@claireylegs) August 24, 2016
Mayors had cited concern about public order after deadly Islamic extremist attacks this summer, and many officials have argued that burkinis oppress women.
Lawyer Patrice Spinosi, representing the Human Rights League, told reporters that the decision should set a precedent, and that other mayors should conform to it.
He also said women who have already received fines can protest against them based on today's decision.
Yesterday in London, activists protested against the ban outside the French embassy.
After all the outrage around the ban, the reaction to this news has largely been of one of relief as human rights are seen to have been restored.
France overturn their burkini ban after intense bout of criticism. Free speech works, folks.
-- Charlie Peters (@CDP1882) August 26, 2016
The Burkini Ban has been suspended in France. A victory for common sense over absurd and counter-productive stupidity.
-- Conor Pope (@conor_pope) August 26, 2016
French court suspends Burkini ban. It was a total disgrace to the nation.
-- Stig Abell (@StigAbell) August 26, 2016
As you can see, although many are relieved at this outcome, the ban itself has left something of a sour taste.