A human rights challenge to France's burka ban will be dealt with by a panel of Grand Chamber judges, the European Court of Human Rights has confirmed.

Today's statement reads: "The Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights to which the application S.A.S. v.France (application no. 43835/11) had been assigned has relinquished jurisdiction to the Grand Chamber, neither party having objected to relinquishment (Article 30 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Rule 72 of the Rules of Court)."

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