Mayor Éric Piolle, who is the leader of a broad left-wing coalition government, proposed the easing of rules on swimwear, arguing that during the use of public services, members of the public were free to dress as they pleased.
The top court in France, however, stated it could not allow “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
The Council of State, which advises the Government of France, stepped in, with Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin calling the policy an “unacceptable provocation” against the secular values of the French society.
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen also joined the controversy and condemned the burkini as “clothing of Islamist propaganda.”
(With inputs from the BBC and The Guardian.)
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