French social media erupted in fury at the weekend after news spread that a woman sunbathing in a park in northern France was badly beaten for wearing a bikini. The blame was immediately pointed at Muslim 'religious police' but it appears people were too quick to point the finger.

On Sunday the French press reported the sickening tale of a 21-year-old woman who was beaten up by a gang of five women at the Parc Léo Lagrange in Reims, northern France.

The attack, carried out by women aged between 16 and 24, was apparently motivated by the woman's choice of attire -- a bikini, which she was wearing as she soaked up the summer sun.

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