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Mon 29 Aug 2016 12:23 PM

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Video: French presidential contenders take aim at Burkini ban

An item of swim wear has become a defining issue in the early days of the race for the French presidency.

Despite the high court's (Conseil d'Etat) decision to overturn a ban on burkinis, former leader Nicolas Sarkozy has called for the outfit to be forbidden nationwide.

As he kicked off his comeback campaign for the Republican party, he told reporters that rise of young women wearing burkinis on certain beaches in France can be stopped if the country is firm.

(Euronews YouTube channel)