Tensions remained high in Corsica on Sunday after five people were injured and three cars burned in clashes between young locals and families of North African origin, according to police.

Some 500 people rallied in the French Mediterranean island's second city Bastia a day after the clashes in Sisco, on the north of the island.

The dispute erupted between members of "three families of North African origin and young locals," prosecutors said in a statement, adding that stones and bottles were thrown and three cars went up in flames before police managed to restore calm.

A girl who witnessed the clashes, speaking to Sunday's rally through a megaphone, said they began after tourists took photos of several women bathing in burqinis.

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