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A Moroccan woman wearing a "burkini" (L-back), a full-body swimsuit designed for Muslim women. (FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

"Public Order"

Corsica court upholds French burqini ban, defying higher court

September 7, 2016

While France’s highest administrative court last month struck down the burqini ban that had been introduced in about 30 French towns, saying the ban was only justifiable if the Islamic swimsuit would cause a public disturbance, a lower court on the island of Corsica is now refusing to lift the ban. The court claims that the ban is necessary to uphold public order, since “strong emotions persist” about the burqini in the town. The mayor of the Corsican village of Sisco only introduced the ban after a brawl erupted between local residents and Moroccans on the beach when someone attempted to take a photo of a woman wearing the controversial swimsuit. Nearly 100 police officers were reportedly needed to break up the fight. “The presence on a beach in Sisco of a woman wearing a swimming costume of the type targeted [by the ban] … could cause risks to public order which it is the town hall’s duty to prevent,” the court wrote, dismissing the challenge from the Human Rights League. Ange-Pierre Vivoni, Sisco’s mayor responded that the ruling was “a relief for me and local people,” claiming that he instituted the ban because he feared having deaths on his hands otherwise. Tensions have been running high in the South of France. This Monday, a group of parents blocked two Muslim women wearing headscarves from entering a nursery school.

Read the full story at Al Jazeera.


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