The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has accused the New York Times of painting an “unacceptable” picture of his country with an article about discrimination against Muslim women.
The report was prompted by the debate over controversial bans on Islamic swimsuits in many French Riviera towns.
Mr Valls said such bans were part of a “fight for the freedom of women”.
The paper said it stood by the article. Some Muslims say they are being targeted unfairly over burkinis.