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French lawyers seek overturn on burkini bans; verdict Friday

PARIS (AP) — Human rights groups challenged the legality of municipal bans on full-body burkini swimsuits before France's highest administrative court Thursday, a practice that one lawyer fiercely denounced as reflecting "a reflex of fear." The three-judge Council of State heard arguments from both sides and said it would issue its ruling Friday over whether to overturn the locally ordered bans. They have elicited shock and anger worldwide after photos this week appeared to show police instructing one Muslim sunbather to remove her body-concealing tunic in Nice, scene of last month's truck slaughter. The legal fight over the right of Muslim women to wear burkinis has fired...

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