The burkini has become a hot topic in France and around the world. Recently, the religious swimwear, which covers the body from head to toe, leaving only the face, hands and feet exposed, has come under scrutiny after the country has undergone a number of terrorist attacks. At least 30 towns in the country have banned the burkini, and video and images of police forcing women to remove the garment have made their rounds on the Internet.

But the ban is illegal, at least according to courts in France. Despite this ruling, however, 22 towns are maintaining a ban on the burkini even though courts have said mayors have no legal right to dictate what women wear.

Here's what's happening.

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