Up until this week it was illegal to wear a burkini to the beach in France.
The burkini is a controversial swimsuit worn by conservative Moslem women that covers most of the body and includes an attached head scarf.
The swimwear was outlawed when secular authorities decided it was a religious garment, like the burka, and thus, according to the laws of France, could not be worn in public.
This decree upset the growing Moslem community in France, as well as generating quite a bit of publicity, much of it tongue-in-cheek, world wide.
But now the highest court in France, the Council of State, has ruled that the original law banning burkinis is “Highly repugnant to our country’s historic standards of personal liberty.”