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A French court suspended Friday a so-called "burkini ban" maintained by a local mayor in defiance of a French Council of State decision to overturn it.

Lille Administrative Court struck out the ordinance by the mayor of Le Touquet -- a district in the Pas-de-Calais department of northern France -- to persist with the ban on the concealing swimwear mainly worn by Muslim women.

A decision on Aug. 26 by France's Council of State -- the country's top court -- ruled that the ban "brought a serious and manifestly illegal violation of fundamental freedoms such as freedom to come and go, freedom of conscience and personal freedoms".


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