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France Meets Muslim Leaders, Experts After Burkini Row

PARIS, France — France’s interior minister convened Muslim leaders Monday to discuss a French-style Islam that honours the nation’s secular values, a task given new urgency after deep divisions surfaced over burkini bans in 30 French beach towns and after terror attacks that also stigmatised Muslims. A high court struck down the burkini bans Friday, but the high-pitched debate that quickly seeped into France’s political …

Burkini Ban in French Beach Town Reversed by Supreme Court

NICE, France — France’s top court struck down a push by local governments to ban the “burkini” from the nation’s beaches, saying the Muslim-style full-body swimming outfits do not create a public threat that justifies impinging on freedom of religion. The decision dealt specifically with a law in Villeneuve-Loubet on the Riviera but sets a legal precedent against similar bans in at least 31 beach towns, …