Mayors in France asked to abide by court ruling overturning burkini ban
Human rights associations in France have asked mayors of towns to abide by the new ruling that has overturned the ban on the burkini on beaches. Patrice Spinosi, a human rights lawyer, has also warned mayors of legal action if they failed to act in accordance with the ruling.
"It is a decision that is meant to set legal precedent," Spinosi said. People who had been affected or harassed because of the ban could file defamation charges against authorities or claim the money they paid in fines, he added.
Spinosi belongs to the Human Rights League (LDH). The LDH along with the anti-Islamophobia association (CCIF) took Villeneuve-Loubet to court over the ban.
France's highest court, the Council of State, on Friday (26 August) found the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet town "seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms" and ruled that prohibition of the full-body clothing imposed on the country's beaches are illegal and a violation of fundamental rights.
The court's ruling is expected to set a legal precedent for around 30 French resorts, mostly along the Riviera, which issued similar bans.
However, at least three mayors have refused to accept the verdict and vowed to continue the ban on their beaches. "We need to decide if we want a smiley, friendly version of sharia law on our beaches or if we want the rules of the [French] Republic to be implemented," Villeneuve-Loubet's mayor Lionnel Luca said, while criticising the court's decision.ش