Riot police were summoned and a man was injured by a harpoon when a mass brawl broke out on a beach in Corsica, apparently triggered by a tourist taking a photo of women in "burkinis".
The incident came after the mayor of Cannes banned women from wearing the full-body, head-covering swimsuits on beaches of his Riviera town.
The riot in Corsica took place on Saturday in a cove near the village of Sisco in the north of the French Mediterranean island.
"It happened because a tourist was taking photos," said Ange-Pierre Vivoni, the local mayor, on TF1 television. "And the Maghrebins (North Africans) didn't want to have their photos taken. It was quite a trivial matter to begin with."