French court bans Burkinis, not blocking city to allow topless women in public swimming areas

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The French Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday against “Burkinis” at public swimming facilities, but did not crack down on public toplessness for women.

The French government, the highest administrative court in the country, ruled that allowing burkini swimwear – a full-length, modest swimsuit worn by Muslim women – would violate the nation’s secular rule and laws against religious influence.

Not long after the ban was lifted, it was reintroduced by Grenoble’s administrative court. The Minister’s decision on the issue has been anticipated for several weeks. Burkina Faso had previously been legalized by the city of Grenoble in May 2021, along with topless swimming, following screams from residents.

The Prime Minister reversed court decisions that allowed Burkina Faso, and stated that the garment’s religious character and the implications it has for women’s rights make it unsuitable for public pools.

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Algerian women wear one

Algerian women wear a “burkini” in the sea by the beach in Oran, west of Algiers on August 5, 2017.
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Muslim woman wearing burkini while enjoying the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico at San Marco Beach on Marco Island, Florida, September 1, 2018.

Muslim woman wearing burkini while enjoying the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico at San Marco Beach on Marco Island, Florida, September 1, 2018.
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France, the birthplace of bikinis, has struggled for years with its standards for women’s swimwear.

In 2016, the swimsuits became controversial after an Islamic extremist attack on the city of Nice in France. Cities began banning burkini, with police officers fining Muslim women found wearing those who refused to remove any of their clothes or leave the beach.

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Grenoble Mayor Eric Piolle (L), from the French ecological party EELV, alongside his first deputy Elisa Martin (C), is leading a city council session set to shelve its swimwear code in municipal pools and by approving the use of

Grenoble mayor Eric Piolle (L), from the French ecological party EELV, alongside his first deputy Elisa Martin (C), is leading a city council session set to shelve the bathing suit code in municipal pools and by approving the use of “burkini” alt -in-one-swimsuit for women, 16 May 2022 in Grenoble. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP via Getty Images)

France is not alone in the growing conversation about swimwear and the lack of it. Nudity laws banning topless women on the beach have been challenged and sometimes overturned across the United States.

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ONE Nantucket, Massachusetts The proposal entitled “Gender equality on beaches” that allows everyone to go topless on the beaches was adopted last month at the annual city meeting.

The change was: “To promote equality for all people, every person should be allowed to be topless on any public or private beach” in the city. “

The statute, proposed by seventh-generation Nantucket resident Dorothy Stover, was passed by a vote of 327-242 by Gender Equality on Beaches, according to WCVB. The next step is that the measure will now be approved by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Fox News’ Haley Chi-Sing and The New York Post contributed to this report.