Corsica rekindles France burkini row as court upholds ban over ‘security concerns’ following beach brawl

A court in Corsica has upheld a ban on the burkini “on security grounds”, in the first such ruling since France’s highest administrative court overturned another decree banning the body covering swimsuit.

The administrative court of Bastia on the Mediterranean island rejected a request by the Human Rights League to annul a ban on wearing the garment in the Corsican resort of Sisco.

The village’s mayor had issued the decree the day after a fight broke out between three Moroccan residents and other locals mid-August. Initial reports suggested a woman had been bathing with a burkini, but these later proved false.