NEWS BRIEF A village in Corsica became the third place in France to ban the Burqini from its beaches Monday after a fight broke out over the weekend over the swimsuit favored by some Muslim women, Agence-France Presse reports.
Five people were injured and three cars set ablaze in the village of Sisco Saturday after a dispute between beach-goers ended with both sides reportedly throwing stones and bottles at one another. The French Interior Ministry reports 100 police officers were needed to restore order. An inquiry has been opened to determine what prompted the brawl; a witness said the fight began after tourists took photographs of women wearing Burqinis.
The tensions continued Sunday, where approximately 500 people gathered outside the Lupino district of Bastia, home to Corsica’s large North African community. The crowd was blocked from entering by police.
Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, condemned the violence in Sisco.
This is not the first instance of tensions in Corsica between the North African community and those opposed to their presence. In December, a Muslim prayer hall was set on fire after an incident in which firefighters and police were ambushed in an immigrant neighborhood.