France has banned the wearing of all burkinis in the country’s coastal waters, a move that came after a spate of attacks on women in the Muslim world in recent months.
A court on Monday overturned a ban on the burkiniah, the full-body swimsuit worn by some Muslim women that covers only the legs.
The court also ordered a halt to burkinia ban in all public areas and in the public squares.
The ban, which took effect on Wednesday, has sparked fury in the French Muslim community, with the burqa, or full-face veil, widely seen as a symbol of conservative values.
It was also seen as an attempt to target the Muslim minority.
The burkinie, which was first introduced in the UK in 1999, was designed to prevent sunburns, and to protect women from the spread of the flu.
France has been the scene of several recent attacks on Muslim women in France.
Earlier this month, a Muslim woman was stabbed to death at a restaurant in the northern city of Rennes, where she was working.
On Friday, a man opened fire at the main train station in Paris and wounded three people.
Police later arrested two men who said they acted on orders from ISIS.
France is home to some 6 million Muslims, a third of whom are citizens, with more than 500,000 living in the Paris area.