French court suspends burkini ban, controversy goes on


A French court on Friday suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits imposed by a Mediterranean resort that has angered Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners.

The Council of State’s ruling against Villeneuve-Loubet is expected to set a precedent for the dozens of other French towns that have also laid down such bans.

But it is unlikely to put an end to a controversy that has shown the difficulties France has had integrating its Muslim population.

The issue also highlights the problems Muslims in France have experienced following a series of deadly attacks carried out by Islamist militants against the public in the past 20 months, including in Parais and Nice.

Conservative and far-right politicians have asked for a law to ban burkinis nationwide.

The court said in a statement the decree to ban burkinis in Villeneuve-Loubet “had seriously infringed, in a manner that was clearly illegal, fundamental liberties such as the freedom to come and go, religious freedom and individual freedom.”

The burkinis did not pose any threat to public order in Villeneuve-Loubet, the court said.

The burkini issue has filtered into early campaigning for the 2017 presidential election and early reaction to the ruling showed that supporters of the ban, who include ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, would not let it go.

Some of Sarkozy’s closest supporters said they would propose in September a draft law that would allow mayors to ban burkinis.

“We need a law,” Nice deputy mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter.

Since conservatives do not have a majority in parliament and such a bill would have no chance of being adopted, Estrosi suggested that Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who himself backed the bans, come up with a draft law.

Valls defended the burkini ban on Thursday while some ministers criticized it, exposing divisions within the government as campaigning begins.

While rulings by the Council of State do set precedents, several mayors said they would not suspend their own bans and rights groups said they would bring them to courts, meaning more lawsuits are expected. The Council of State has the final word on such matters.

“There’s a lot of tension here and I won’t withdraw my decree,” Sisco mayor Ange-Pierre Vivoni told BFM TV, arguing that in his Corsica town the ban would be justified on security grounds.


The controversy has also made French cultural identity a hot issue in political debates ahead of next April’s presidential election.

Abdallah Zekri, secretary general of the French Muslim Council (CFCM) said of the ruling: “This is a slap for the prime minister and a kick up the backside for Sarkozy.”

A spokesman for the ruling Socialist Party and the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur welcomed the ruling and said they hoped it would calm things down.

But the mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet, Lionnel Luca, of Sarkozy’s Les Republicains party, said it would heighten tensions.

“We need to decide if we want a smiley, friendly version of sharia on our beaches or if we want the rules of the (French) republic to be implemented,” he said, referring to the Islamic legal and moral code of sharia.

Hakim, a 42-year-old trader of Algerian origin said that while he welcomed the ruling it did not really reassure him.

“The decision by the Council of State is normal. France is a democratic country, there is justice and this is good for Muslim women,” he said after Friday prayers at Paris’ main mosque.

But he added: “It is because of all these problems that I am thinking of leaving France and returning to Algeria after over 30 years here. It was not like this before, France has changed and it is not easy for us.”




24 responses to “French court suspends burkini ban, controversy goes on”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    “We need a law,” ….. Well, there is a bunch .. really … French Law.
    But no-one ever thought they would have to make a law that says ‘All Beaches Shall Be With Naked Swimmers’ … I suppose because they did it anyway and no-one was complaining.
    I watched a guy in Tripoli standing in the surf while holding his wife up by one arm, dressed head to toe in black cloth that undoubtably added 50 lbs. of water to trying to keep her head above it, and thought it was a rather dangerous venture … especially if there was an undertow. Even if she was an Olympian in training there would be little time to struggle out of all the extra weight … and if the husband had a heart attack, they’d both be gone.
    I took a picture in case an insurance company needed some proof.
    However, I’m sure with all the Laissez Faire going on, some money could be saved from the additions of weird towers and the damned loud-speaker systems that wake folks up on a work-day, when building ‘Supreme Prayer Buildings’, and it could then be directed to purposeful large-surface-area shallow pools added to a side entrance, which have water only 4.2 ft. deep, so that even lifeguards would be able to walk to perform the ‘duties’ with the extra weight on. Baptists have used this system for years, and often have 2 lifeguards per dipper … nothing wrong with learning a little something from others sects of a same god empire, is there?

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        One must get burns and cancer .. 😉 … Albinos are NOT safe on French beaches ..

        1. Albinos are safe on French beaches!

          “People with albinism often face discrimination and ridicule within their own families and communities.” (

          “Hunting for humans: Malawian albinos murdered for their bones” (
          Amnesty: Albinos hunted like animals in Malawi.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Malawian tribes don’t seem nice either .. hmmmm
            Freaky world still can’t reconcile with the Sun-Gods.
            LET THERE BE LIGHT ! … And the Darkness of Ignorance shone around them.
            (oh … yah … knowledge Tree came after … tsk …)

          2. Lebanese tribes don’t seem nice either….. hmmmm

            ..when old people make derogatory remarks, it really frustrates me because it shows how ignorant they can be..

          3. “Lebanese tribes”?

            1. there are no tribes in Lebanon
            2. what does Lebanon/Lebanese have to do here?

          4. 5thDrawer Avatar

            (as she said .. a frustrated youth. 😉 )

        2. “Albinos are NOT safe on French beaches”

          Safer than in Africa …

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Potential input from the country which invented the things …

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    One for a Lady Hind Library …

  4. Burkini or not Burkini, why has no one introduces the question for ten or twenty years ago?
    Today the Burkini question is raised in order to disunite the Europeans, nothing else!

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Main reason … FEAR … cannot appear to be Anti-Anything …. might be a Semitic thing.
      20 yrs later, one becomes tired of Semantics. ;-))

      1. Poor explanation for the Burkina phenomenon that is adopted now, but not for two decades ago.

        Why should FEAR be a reason?
        You can FEAR ideology that can be destructive.

        Did the Muslims become more fundamentalist in 2016 then they were 1970?

      2. All Antis are equal but some are more Anti than others …

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          You been reading about farming 😉 ?

          1. No, why?

      3. Hind Abyad Avatar

        Not out of the woods..
        New U.S. Army Manual Warns Troops About Small Drones.

        1. WhereIsHumanity? Avatar

          are you still barking and using a pic from 1850

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Interesting ‘site’ … 😉

  5. A new controversy, this time in norway; She had long thought about coloring her hair bright, and had gone through several barbershops the day to compare price.

    – Then I went into a hair salon in the center of Bryne. When I was greeted by a lady waving his arms and said I had to go out, she said to TV 2.

    She had thought about coloring her hair bright, to look like the norwegian women…..

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