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Three facing court over Corsica beach scuffles

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By Euronews
Three facing court over Corsica beach scuffles

<p>Three people – described as of ‘North African’ origin – are facing court after scuffles in Corsica, which left five people injured. </p> <p>Police were called in when trouble broke out on Sisco beach on Saturday night.</p> <p>Officials have denied media reports that it was sparked by a tourist taking pictures of Muslim women bathing in burkinis. </p> <p>“At the heart of these incidents was a North African family who wanted to stake a claim to part of the beach, to make it their private property, so to speak,” said the Bastia prosecutor.</p> <p>“There are several elements in that direction, primarily that they (the family) put up a ‘no entry’ sign. It was more or less symbolic, obviously people could still go there but, it was meant to keep people out.” </p> <p>There have been calls for calm in the Corsican seaside resort. </p> <p>Sisco joined other towns in banning the body-covering burkini swimsuit worn by some Muslim women after the beach scuffles. </p> <p>The local mayor said that he was not targeting Muslims – but wanted to get rid of Islamist fundamentalists on the Mediterranean island.</p>