France: Anti-Muslim sentiment rises after woman in bikini beaten up by teen Muslim girls
A relatively trivial incident in a French park has again illustrated tensions between Islam and mainstream French society in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and other recent incidents.
According to reports, 21-year-old Angelique Slosse was sunbathing with two friends in Parc Léo Lagrange in Reims last Wednesday (22 July) when a gang of girls and women began abusing her for wearing a bikini.
When Slosse made a retort the gang – aged between 17 and 24 – physically attacked her before being restrained by passersby. Slosse was badly bruised and unable to work the next day.
Her attackers – Inès Nouri, Zohra Karim, Hadoune Tadjouri, and two unnamed girls aged 16 and 17 – will appear in court in September.
Some media outlets reported that the attackers, who come from mostly Muslim housing estates had objected to Slosse exposing flesh in a public place, calling her “immoral” and attacking her when she responded.
The incident sparked fury. A demonstration in the park itself was attended by only a few hardy protesters in bikinis due to the weather, but
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