Five convicted in Corsica clash that sparked burkini tensions
Several hurt in violence between group of sunbathers of North African origin from a nearby town and local villagers
A court in Corsica has convicted five people for violence on a beach that was initially believed linked to a woman wearing a full-body burkini swimsuit.
The mayor of Sisco, where last month’s clash occurred, said on France-Info radio on Friday he hoped the town could now turn the page on this “painful affair.”
Several people were wounded in the violence between a group of sunbathers of North African origin from a nearby town and local villagers.
Mayor Ange-Pierre Vivoni banned Burkinis in his town after the violence, though later conceded he didn't know whether a burkini was involved.
The court in Bastia said Mustapha Benhaddou was sentenced to two years in prison, while two of his brothers and two men from a rival group were given suspended sentences.
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