Top French court rules Burkini bans violate basic freedoms

France’s top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world.

The ruling by the Council of State on Friday specifically concerns a ban on the Muslim garment in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the binding decision is expected to impact all of the 30 or so French resort municipalities that have issued similar decrees.