Corsica beach clashes: Five men handed jail sentences

Five men have been handed jail sentences for a beach brawl that highlighted and heightened inter-community tensions on France’s “island of beauty”.

…The blame for who started the brawl, that according to prosecutors so nearly ended in “tragedy and disaster”, has been difficult to attribute as both sides pointed the finger at the other.

But in court Mustapha Benhaddou, was portrayed as the “spark” and was accused of trying to privatize the cove for his family. He apparently took offense to tourists taking photos from the roadside.

…Benhaddou was sentenced to two years in prison for armed violence, while his brothers Abdelillah and Jamal both received suspended sentences of six months.