French court bans burkinis, doesn't block city allowing topless women in public swim areas

French court bans burkinis, doesn’t block city allowing topless women in public swim areas

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

France’s Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, ruled that allowing the burkini swimsuit, a modest, long swimsuit worn by Muslim women, would violate the nation’s secular governance and anti-influence laws. religious.

Not long after the ban was lifted, the Grenoble administrative court reinstated it. The Council of State’s decision on the issue has been expected for weeks. The burkini had previously been legalized by the city of Grenoble in May 2021, along with topless swimming, following protests from residents.

The Council of State annulled first-instance rulings that allowed the burkini, stating that the religious character 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 at Oran beach, west of Algiers, on August 5, 2017.
(Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Muslim woman wearing a burkini as she enjoys the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico at San Marco Beach in Marco Island, Florida on September 1, 2018.

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

In 2016, swimsuits became controversial following an Islamic extremist attack in the city of Nice, France. Cities began to ban the burkini, and policemen fined Muslim women who refused to take off some of their clothing or leave the beach.

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The mayor of Grenoble, Eric Piolle (L), of the French environmentalist party EELV, together with his first deputy Elisa Martin (C), chairs a town hall session aimed at scrapping his dress code for bathing in municipal swimming pools and thus authorizing the use of the "burkinis" All-in-one swimsuit for women, on May 16, 2022 in Grenoble.  (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

The mayor of Grenoble, Eric Piolle (left), of the French environmentalist party EELV, together with his first deputy, Elisa Martin (centre), chairs a town hall session aimed at eliminating the dress code for bathing in municipal swimming pools and thus authorizing wearing the “burkini all-in-one swimsuit” for women, 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 that ban topless women on the beach have been challenged and sometimes overturned across the United States.

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A Nantucket, Massachusetts The proposal titled “Gender Equality on the Beaches” that allows anyone to go topless on the beaches was approved last month at the city’s annual meeting.

The amendment stated: “In order to promote equality for all people, any person may be topless on any public or private beach” in the city.

the by law, proposed by seventh-generation Nantucketer Dorothy Stover, passed on a 327-242 vote for Gender Equality on the Beaches, 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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