A mayor on the French island of Corsica on Monday became the third nationwide to announce a ban on burqinis, following weekend clashes allegedly sparked by a row over the full-body Islamic swimsuit.

The announcement by the mayor of the village of Sisco follows similar prohibitions in the Riviera towns of Cannes and Villeneuve-Loubet, which have also controversially banned the garment from their beaches in recent weeks.

Sisco's Socialist mayor Ange-Pierre Vivoni said he aimed to "protect the population" after clashes Saturday in a cove outside his village in the north of the Mediterranean island that left five people injured.

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