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Two families on a cycle ride in Toulon, southern France, came under violent attack after assailants hurled insults at two female partners for wearing shorts, according to prosecutors.

The attack, carried out by a group of youths from a housing estate in the Mediterranean port town, has sparked claims that parts of France are prey to an Islamist "morality police".

Two couples with their three children and a friend were on a Sunday afternoon outing on bikes and roller blades when the "incredibly violent" attack took place, according to Var Matin, the local newspaper.


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