A beach brawl on the French island of Corsica between three families of North African descent and local youths has left five people injured and three cars burnt out, regional prosecutors say.
The brawl on Saturday began after the families objected to photos being taken, witnesses say. Stones and bottles were thrown.
Reports say some of the brawlers were armed with hatchets and harpoons.
Unrest continued on Sunday at a protest in the regional capital.
Three of the injured have been released from hospital in Bastia and the other two were due to be sent home shortly, prosecutors said in a statement (in French).
They described the brawl as being of “great violence”.
French media report that the trouble began around 18:15 (16:15 GMT) when tourists took photos of women bathing. Reports say the women were wearing burkinis.
Ange Vivoni, mayor of Sisco, told reporters that when a local teenager was stabbed, the victim’s “family and all the people of Sisco got together”.
According to the newspaper Le Figaro (in French), some of the older men in the bathing party had attacked a group of local teenagers on the beach with hatchets.
When the teenagers’ parents arrived from the village, two of them were reportedly injured with harpoons. Villagers allegedly then set alight cars belonging to the bathers.
Sisco brawl: five injured were released from hospital
A brawl broke out at around 17:30 on a beach at the north exit of Sisco in the Cap Corse, Saturday, August 13th. Two groups are involved in the altercation: Corsican resident in the town of Sisco and a group of three families of North African origin of the two groups, five people were injured. Corsicans two, one was hit spear in the ribs, and three Maghreb They were immediately taken to hospital for Bastia. One of them was of vital emergency. The prognosis of the other victims was not engaged. Sunday, August 14, in the afternoon, no more person was hospitalized.
Upon hearing the news of this fight, a hundred inhabitants of Sisco is flocked to the scene, causing large movements of crowd and throwing projectiles. Thirty people set fire to three vehicles belonging to the families of North African origin.
Corsicans burn vehicles belonging to belligerent Muslims