A French lawyer has launched a new constitutional challenge to France's burka ban as part of the defence of a woman whose arrest for wearing Islamic face-covering sparked riots in the french town of Trappes earlier this year.

A court in Versailles postponed the trial of 20-year-old Cassandra Bélin until 11 December in order to consider her defence team's claim the charges against her are unconstitutional.

Bélin, who was not present at the opening day of the trial, was facing tial for defying the ban and insulting a police officer.

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