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French High Court Rules on Town's Burkini Ban

Council of State says women on resort's beaches can wear full-body swimsuit if they want

(Newser) - France's tussle with the burkini was just dealt a strong blow by the country's top administrative court, which on Friday overturned one resort town's ban against the full-body beachwear, the AP reports. The ruling from the Council of State comes during a summer of high-profile cases along... More »

Burkini Inventor: Who's Worse, Taliban or French Politicians?

Aheda Zanetti says she invented the burkini to give women freedom

(Newser) - The inventor of the burkini believes France and others who want to ban it have fundamentally "misunderstood" what the garment is all about. Aheda Zanetti, writing in the Guardian , says she invented the burkini in 2004 after watching her niece try to play netball in a makeshift skin-covering athletic... More »

Cops on French Beach Make Muslim Woman Remove Tunic

Controversy over burkini ban intensifies

(Newser) - The ban of the body-covering worn by Muslim women known as the burkini at several French beaches seems to grow more controversial by the day. The latest incident to make headlines comes from Cannes, where four police officers surrounded a Muslim woman and forced her to remove a veiled tunic... More »

Mayor Bans 'Burkinis' From Cannes' Beaches

Says they're a 'symbol of Islamic extremism'

(Newser) - Many would consider a full-body swimsuit less offensive than a skimpy bikini. Not the mayor of Cannes, apparently. David Lisnard says "burkinis"—modest swimwear worn by some Muslim women—are a "symbol of Islamic extremism" and aren't allowed on the French city's beaches. Should a... More »

Bar Fire in French City Kills 13

Birthday candles blamed for Rouen blaze

(Newser) - A fast-moving fire swept through a birthday party in the basement of a bar in the northwest French city of Rouen, killing at least 13 people and injuring six others, the AP reports. More than 80 firefighters battled the blaze after midnight Friday at the downtown bar in the city... More »

In Wake of Priest's Murder, French Muslims Go to Mass

Local clerics refuse to bury the body of one murderer

(Newser) - In a gesture of solidarity following the gruesome killing of a French priest, Muslims have attended Catholic Mass in churches and cathedrals across the country and beyond, reports the AP . Television footage showed dozens of Muslims gathering at France's towering Gothic cathedral in Rouen, only a few kilometers from... More »

ISIS Claims Attack That Killed Elderly Priest in French Church

Another is critically injured; 2 attackers dead

(Newser) - More misery in France: Two attackers took hostages inside a French church during morning Mass on Tuesday near the city of Rouen, killing an 86-year-old Catholic priest by slitting his throat before being shot and killed by police, reports AP . The Islamic State claimed responsibility. Another person inside the church... More »

France Attacker Had Salsa-Dancing Secret Life

Psychiatrist says he 'wasn't living in the real world'

(Newser) - What kind of man would drive a truck through a crowd of families watching a fireworks show? A troubled, secretive, and deeply unpleasant one, the New York Times found in interviews with those who knew Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. The 31-year-old, who killed 84 people in the attack in Nice earlier... More »

Mystery of Woman Gifted Van Gogh's Ear Solved: Paper

Farmer's daughter bitten by rabid dog was ear recipient: newspaper

(Newser) - A recently uncovered pre-World War II sketch purports to show that Vincent van Gogh cut off most of his left ear, not just a small part of it. And while that fact is still being debated among historians, the name of the woman who supposedly was given that ear is... More »

France Attacker Took Selfies in Killer Truck

Possible accomplices seen in photos arrested

(Newser) - Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel apparently spent days in a state of gleeful anticipation before he used a truck to kill at least 84 people in Nice, France. The Guardian reports that photos have emerged of the 31-year-old Tunisian posing for selfies in and next to the rented truck used in the... More »

Man Stabs Woman, Her 3 Girls at French Alps Resort

The suspect was on vacation with his wife and children

(Newser) - Authorities in southern France have detained a Moroccan man they said stabbed a woman and her three daughters Tuesday at an Alps resort, the AP reports. Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for the town of Laragne-Monteglin in the Hautes-Alpes region, says the mother and her girls, aged 8, 12, and... More »

ISIS: Attacker in Nice Was 'a Soldier'

Attacker's estranged wife among 5 arrested

(Newser) - After 36 hours, ISIS has claimed responsibility for Thursday night's truck attack in Nice , saying the French-Tunisian man behind the atrocity was one of its soldiers. "The person who carried out the operation in Nice, France to run down people was one of the soldiers of Islamic State,... More »

Nice-Style Vehicular Terrorism Is Easy to Do, Hard to Stop

And authorities have been worried about it for years

(Newser) - Authorities are hoping Thursday's attack in Nice, France, doesn't lead to a wave of similar vehicular attacks that are both easy to pull off and incredibly difficult to prevent. Back in 2010, the Department of Homeland Security warned of terrorists using vehicles to kill civilians at "sporting... More »

Video Appears to Show 'Hero' Trying to Stop Truck in Nice

Motorcyclist, others seen chasing vehicle early

(Newser) - This video out of Nice, France, shows what appears to be people trying to stop a truck before it begins its rampage through crowds of people Thursday, reports Australia's 9News . It's difficult to make out exactly what's happening, but people—it's not clear whether they're... More »

Rihanna Was in Nice Preparing for Concert

Cast of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in area, too

(Newser) - As details emerge in Friday's truck attack in Nice, news on the celebrity front reveals that some high-profile stars were in the area and are accounted for and safe. TMZ and the BBC report Rihanna was in the city in advance of a Friday night concert she was prepping... More »

Witnesses Describe Chaos, Horror in Nice

Parents threw kids to safety as truck plowed through crowd

(Newser) - Witnesses have described scenes of chaos, terror, and panic as an attacker drove a heavy truck through a crowd gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France, on Thursday night, killing at least 80 people. Large numbers of families had gathered along the seafront Promenade des Anglais, and witnesses... More »

77 Dead, Dozens Injured in Attack in Nice, France

A truck rammed into a large crowd leaving a Bastille Day celebration

(Newser) - Authorities say at least 77 people are dead and dozens more injured after a truck plowed into a Bastille Day celebration Thursday in Nice, France. Reuters reports the crowd was leaving holiday festivities at the Promenade des Anglais seaside walk when the truck hit it. The truck drove for more... More »

This Haircut Costs France $11K a Month

President Francois Hollande pays stylist thousands to maintain his sparse tresses

(Newser) - A satirical French magazine recently printed a barber's tab that indicated Francois Hollande pays around $11,000 each month to maintain the modest amount of hair on his head—except the tab was no joke, Bloomberg reports. "Everyone needs their hair done, no?" a government rep confirms. "... More »

Portugal Stuns France to Lift First Major Cup

They win Euro 2016 despite Ronaldo injury

(Newser) - Portugal's players crowded around Cristiano Ronaldo as he sat on the turf, but their tearful captain couldn't withstand the pain of his injury any longer. The Portuguese had to win their first major trophy the hard way on Sunday, stunning France 1-0 after extra time in the European... More »

Cops: Mom Breastfed Baby, Left Her to Die on Beach

Fabienne Kabou is on trial this week for alleged infanticide

(Newser) - In November 2013, Fabienne Kabou traveled to the French coastal town of Berck-sur-Mer with her 15-month-old daughter and checked into a hotel. She reportedly asked locals about the tides, breastfed Adélaïde on the beach, and then, allegedly, left the little girl there as the tide came in. The... More »

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