France: Burkini ban challenged by Grenoble in top court

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The city of Grenoble has gone to France’s highest administrative court to challenge a ban imposed on a new city rule allowing full-body ‘burkini’ swimsuits in public pools. Grenoble’s decision to authorise all swimwear, including burkinis, sparked a legal battle with the government. Burkinis are worn largely by Muslim women, as a way of preserving modesty and upholding their faith. But religious expression in public life in France can be divisive. Ahead of Tuesday’s court case, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin described Grenoble city council’s swimwear policy as an ‘unacceptable provocation’ that was contrary to French secular values. Last month, a local court in Grenoble suspended the policy on the grounds that it seriously undermined the principle of neutrality in public services.” (06/14/22)