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Nice burkini ban overturned following ruling by top court

Associated Press Associated Press 1/09/2016
FILE - In this image Monday Aug. 29, 2016 file photo taken from video, Nesrine Kenza who says she is happy to be free to wear a burkini, and two unidentified friends wade into the sea, in Marseille, southern France. A French court has overturned Thursday Sept. 1, 2016 a ban on "burkinis" in Nice, the last of a series of similar decisions regarding bans on the swimwear in coastal municipalities that have prompted controversy at home and a wave of outrage abroad. (AP Photo) © The Associated Press FILE - In this image Monday Aug. 29, 2016 file photo taken from video, Nesrine Kenza who says she is happy to be free to wear a burkini, and two unidentified friends wade into the sea, in Marseille, southern France. A French court has overturned Thursday Sept. 1, 2016 a ban on "burkinis" in Nice, the last of a series of similar decisions regarding bans on the swimwear in coastal municipalities that have prompted controversy at home and a wave of outrage abroad. (AP Photo)

PARIS — A French court has overturned a ban on "burkinis" in Nice, the last of a series of similar decisions regarding local bans of the full-body swimwear adopted by some Muslim women.

The court in Nice concluded on Thursday the Riviera city's decree is illegal because there were no proven risks of disruption to public order.

Other similar decisions in previous days —including in Cannes— follow a ruling by France's top court, the Council of State, that set legal precedent last week. The Council said that concerns arising from recent terror attacks, including in Nice on July 14, is insufficient to justify a ban.

The bans decreed by mayors in about 30 French cities and towns this summer have prompted controversy at home and a wave of outrage abroad.

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