REIMS, FRANCE — Five young Muslim women beat up a woman in France for wearing a bikini in a public park, sparking outrage on social media.
Angelique Slosse, 21, was sunbathing at Parc Leo Lagrange in Reims on July 22 when five Muslim women — aged 16 to 24 — verbally abused her for "immorally" showing so much skin in public. Slosse shouted back and the women attacked her. Slosse's friends and passersby intervened to prevent the beating from escalating.
The incident sparked outrage across social media in France, with women all over France posting photos of themselves wearing bikinis in public places and condemning the attack, and the far-right complaining about Islam's threat to French values.
The mayor of Reims, Arnaud Robinet, called for caution, saying: "We have to be very careful not to jump to conclusions. All the same, I can understand why people have assumed that this attack had religious motives. If that turns out to be the case, it is a very serious incident."
A group of protesters later gathered at Parc Leo Lagrange to exercise their right to wear skimpy outfits in public places, and Twitter has been flooded with tweets from women all over France with photos of them wearing bikinis in parks.
After an investigation, French police ruled out a religious motive for the beating. They said the fight started when women from a "rival gang" asked Slosse to put her clothes on because it was windy and overcast. Teens took sides in the argument and began fighting.
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