Authorities have not identified the attackers but most commentators have assumed that they were Muslims. French social networks exploded with anger after a young woman was reportedly beaten up by a gang of girls and young women for wearing a bikini in a park. Protesters organised a demonstration in bikinis and other bathing costumes in the park where the attack occurred, in Reims in northern France. Although drizzle and cold winds meant only about a dozen people turned out, hundreds across France responded to a Twitter appeal by the anti-racist organisation SOS Racisme to post images of themselves or others wearing skimpy bathing costumes in public places, under the hashtag jeportemonmaillotauparc I wear my swimsuit in the park. The five attackers, aged 16 to 24, were quickly arrested and the three oldest have been remanded to appear in court in September, while two girls aged 16 and 17 face further questioning. The authorities have not named them but said that they all came from housing estates with large Muslim populations. It is not yet clear whether their unnamed year-old victim was of French or north African origin. When she shouted back, the other girls and young women crowded around and slapped and punched her, police said.
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