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French court overturns 'illegal' burkini ban in Nice

A French court has overturned a ban on burkini in Nice, concluding that the decree against the full-body swimwear was illegal because there were no proven risks of disruption to public order.

The administrative court of Nice ruled on Thursday that "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 that burkinis posed no risk to "hygiene, decency or safety when swimming".

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France burkini swimsuit ban a 'serious, illegal attack' on freedom, human rights group says

France burkini swimsuit ban a 'serious, illegal attack' on freedom,

The Human Rights League (LDH) is appealing a decision by a lower court in the Riviera city of Nice which upheld a ban on the outfit by the town of Villeneuve-Loubet.

Villeneuve-Loubet, just west of Nice, was among the first of some 15 French towns to ban the burkini, triggering a fierce debate in France and elsewhere about the wearing of the full-body swimsuit, women's rights and secularity.

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