Burkini ban a clear illegality, French top court rules


France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, has temporarily suspended a ban on Muslim tailored swimsuits – known as burkini.

The ban of burkinis by the French government led to outrage by Muslims and reportedly created divisions within the government.

According to a statement by the , its current ruling should be respected until it makes a definitive ruling concerning the matter.

The ruling was granted after the League of Human Rights filed an application requesting that the ban be overturned in the Mediterranean town of Ville neuve-Loubet on grounds that it contravened civil liberties.

Under the French legal system, temporary decisions can be handed before a court takes more time to prepare a judgment on the underlying legality of a case.

Reacting to the news on the ruling, Abdallah Zekri, secretary general of the French Muslim Council (CFCM) said they were satisfied with the ruling adding that “This is a slap for the prime minister and a kick up the backside for Sarkozy.”