He’s not alone. Several French mayors are also enforcing their bans in the face of Friday’s ruling, which concerned the nearby town of Villeneuve-Loubet although it could affect cities around the country.
Burning issue of the summer
The ruling came after more than 30 French towns banned the burkini, a swimsuit which covers the whole body except for the face, hands and feet and is worn mostly by Muslim women.
Officials have said the ban on the outfit was a response to growing concerns about radical Islamic terrorism. Last month, a truck rampage killed more than 80 people in Nice, and attackers stabbed an 86-year-old priest in northern France.
But human rights activists argue that burkini bans are illegal and that efforts to outlaw the garment are Islamophobic.