Protesters from a far-right group have ransacked a mosque and attempted to burn copies of the Quran in Ajaccio on Friday in the French island of Corsica, police said.
A far-right group went into the mosque and broke down the glass doors and windows and then ransacked the mosque, local officials said.
Tensions had risen in Ajaccio on Friday after two firefighters and a police officer were injured overnight in clashes that erupted in the city's low-income neighbourhood.
Last July, a non-governmental organisation based in Paris, Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), released a report showing the increase of Islamophobia related attacks in France. Compared to 2014, there has been a 23.5 percent increase following the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January 2015.
The report says, "Attacks against mosques, death threats against veiled women, school kids humiliated by their teachers, female students prohibited from wearing long skirts, religious profiling of Muslim children, propagation of hate speeches and even declarations of war on Muslims whom are portrayed as a fifth column... the consequences have been and still are dire for Muslims."