Burkini ban ruled illegal in France – prompting right-wing backlash and vow from towns to ignore it

A controversial ban on the burkini was overturned by France’s highest administrative court on Friday, prompting a Right-wing backlash as mayors vowed to defy the ruling.

The State Council’s judgment suspended a ban in the Riviera resort of Villeneuve-Loubet and set a legal precedent for about 30 other towns that have also prohibited the full-body swimsuit worn by a minority of Muslim women.

The council ruled that mayors overstepped their powers by introducing the bans this month amid growing anxiety over security after a series of terrorist attacks including the Bastille Day massacre of 86 people in Nice.

Well at least they didn’t put “right wing” in scare quotes…