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Burkinis to return to Cannes beaches after court overturns Muslim swimwear ban


THE BURKINI ban in Cannes has been overturned after French court judges ruled disallowing the clothing is a violation of fundamental liberties.The Riviera town was the first to block the burkini - full-body swimsuits, worn by some Muslim women - from its beaches.

Other towns followed suit but complaints were lodged in French courts.
A court in Nice ruled the Cannes decree violated basic freedoms and is illegal as there were no proven risks of disruption to public order, or reasons of hygiene or decency for the ban. 
The decision follows a ruling by France's highest administrative court over a similar ban in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, which set a legal precedent.
After the Council of State overturned the Villeneuve-Loubet ban last week, human rights groups said they would challenge similar bans issued in around 30 French cities, resorts and communes.The Villeneuve-Loubet ban was challenged by lawyers for a human rights group and a Muslim collective at the top court, arguing mayors had overstepped their powers by telling women what to wear on beaches.
The bikini ban sparked controversy across the globe after women in France were told they must pay a fine of €38 for wearing the garment in public.

However, this week Nicolas Sarkozy vowed he would change the French constitution if elected to make the ban permanent. Mayors claimed they went ahead with the bans over security fears after a string of terror attacks in the country and elsewhere in Europe.
The Council of State ruled: "The emotion and concerns arising from the terrorist attacks, notably the one perpetrated in Nice on July 14, cannot suffice to justify in law the contested prohibition measure."
Cannes mayor David Lisnard said earlier this month the ban was being introduced in the town to prohibit “beachwear ostentatiously showing a religious affiliation while France and places of religious significance are the target of terror attacks”.
He added: “I took this decision among several other rulings to make sure my city is safe in the context of the state of emergency."Patrice Spinosi, representing the Human Rights League, said women who had already received fines could appeal against them based on the decision.
The group will now ask all French mayors who banned burkinis to withdraw their orders.
Any who refuse, Mr Spinosi threatened, would end up in court. 
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