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Jun 22, 2022 06:00 GMT

“A victory for secularism and, above all, for the Republic,” stressed the Minister of the Interior of France.

France’s Council of State ruled on Tuesday that full-body swimsuits, including burkinis, should not be worn in public swimming pools in the city of Grenoble, upholding an earlier order from a lower court. reports Reuters.

On May 16, the Grenoble City Council voted to allow the burkini to be worn, sparking protests from conservative and far-right politicians who claimed the move would undermine the principle of secularism in French public life.

The measure was challenged by the French government, and a lower administrative court suspended it. In response, Grenoble appealed to the Council of State, which in turn upheld the court’s decision.

Following the sentence, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin declared that the Grenoble act was “definitively annulled”. “A victory for secularism and, above all, for the Republic,” he stressed.

France, the European country with the largest Muslim population, was the first EU nation to ban Muslim clothing in public places, a move it took in 2011.

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