No Islamic Link to ‘Bikini Attack’ in France

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Paris: An attack on a woman sunbathing in a French park which led to a Twitter campaign by people defending the right to wear bikinis had nothing to do with race, police have confirmed.

Angelique Sloss was sunbathing in a Leo-Lagrange park in Reims, northern France when she was attacked by the group of five young women. She was reportedly told she was dressing “immorally” and that she should get dressed before being attacked and beaten.

It was initially presumed that the incident was religiously motivated as the young women, aged 16 to 24, who perpetrated the attack were from a largely Muslim housing estate.

Using the slogan “I wear my bikini in the park”, hundreds took to social media to show solidarity with the injured woman, and to defend their right to wear what they like from those who would call women dressing this way “immoral”.

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