As Twitchy reported last week, the mayor of Cannes took the controversial step of banning “burqinis” and other swimwear that “ostentatiously displays religious affiliation,” insisting that tourists respect France’s secular traditions.

Over the weekend that followed, more than 100 police officers were deployed to the French island of Corsica to break up fights between locals and families of North African origin, leading that city’s mayor on Monday to impose a ban on the burqini, making him the third in the country to do so.

AFP reports that five people, including a pregnant woman, were injured in the brawl, which allegedly began over a group of teenage boys taking photos of women wearing the full-body bathing suits. Three cars were set on fire, and police report that some were armed with hatchets and threw rocks and bottles during the skirmish.

On Saturday, a court backed up the mayor of Cannes, ruling that the garment could be seen as a provocation after the Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice that killed 85 people and injured more than 300.

On Monday, French Ambassador to the United States Gérard Araud defended the ban, which has also been backed by France’s minister of women’s rights.

Villeneuve-Loubet Mayor Lionnel Luca also declared a ban on the burqini, claiming it is unhygienic to swim fully dressed.

Of course, some claim Islamophobia is the real reason behind the ban on ostentatiously religious swimwear … while others argue that the existence of the burqa in the first place is the true display of intolerance.

How about starting with a ban on bringing your hatchet to the beach and going from there?