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Despite a court ruling that stated the ban on burkinis violated basic freedoms, French mayors are continuing to enforce the ban in many coastal resort cities. Cannes first put a temporary ban on burkinis Aug. 12 in the wake of the Nice and Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray terror attacks.

According to the Guardian, “More than 20 mayors have defiantly kept in place decrees under which municipal police can stop and fine any women in full-body swimsuits at the beach despite the ruling from the state council that the burkini bans are a ‘serious and manifestly illegal violation of fundamental freedoms.'” The court ruling lifted the ban in one French Riviera town but was expected to set a legal precedent.

More than 30 coastal resorts have placed a ban on the burkini. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has previously stated that the burkini is “not compatible” with French values, calling it an “expression of a political project, a counter-society, based notably on the enslavement of women.”

Women wearing the burkini have been given tickets and forced to remove layers of clothing in public. One woman in Nice was given a ticket for not “wearing an outfit respecting good morals and secularism.” The burkini covers all but the face, hands and feet. According to Vox, the burkini ban “could have a negative effect on the fight against radicalization.”

Aheda Zanetti, the creator and designer of the burkini, has criticized the ban, saying it was created “to give women freedom, not to take it away.” She wrote in a Guardian article, “You’ve taken a product that symbolised happiness and joyfulness and fitness, and turned it into a product of hatred.”

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