Top French’s High Court Suspends Burkini Ban [VIDEO]

The highest administrative court in France has suspended the controversial ban on burkinis in a test case brought by human rights organizations. The suspension—applicable only to the southern town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice—is still pending a definitive ruling, but temporary judgments in France’s legal system are often handed down even if a court elects to take more time to prepare a final ruling. The widely-publicized ban on the full-body swimwear has received international criticism. Lawyers for the human rights group argued that the swim-wear bans not only infringe on the freedom of those wearing them, they also feed fear in French communities. Officials say the suspension will likely set the precedent for other areas that want to prohibit burkinis via mayoral decrees. The bans were popularized following multiple attacks in France, including the Bastille Day attack in Nice.