Guardian: A Nice court finally suspended the burkini ban on Thursday after city authorities had defied a ruling by the country’s highest administrative court.
Judges in Nice said the terror attack on 14 July in the French Riviera resort city gave insufficient grounds to justify such a ban.
Thursday’s decision follows last week’s ruling by France’s highest administrative court to suspend the bans introduced by about 30 towns, mainly in the south-east.
Nice and several towns had ignored the ruling and kept their bans in place in the midst of a raging debate about religious clothing in secular France.
Nice was one of the first places to ban the Islamic swimsuit this summer, with city authorities claiming there was a risk to public order from wearing the garment after a jihadist in a truck ploughed into crowds on the city’s waterfront, killing 86 people.
But the city’s administrative court ruled on Thursday: “In the absence of such risks, the emotions and the concerns resulting from terrorist attacks, and especially from the attack on July 14, are insufficient grounds to legally justify the contested ban.”
The court also found burkinis posed no risk to “hygiene, decency or safety when swimming”.
The emotive issue of the burkini was further inflamed last week when photographs taken on a beach in Nice showed police surrounding a woman in a headscarf and a long-sleeved top.