Demonstrators ransacked a Muslim prayer hall and tried to set fire to copies of the Koran on the French island of Corsica Friday, police said, in an attack condemned by the government.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wrote on Twitter that the break-in in the city of Ajaccio was “an unacceptable desecration”.

A small group of protesters went to the Muslim prayer hall, broke down the glass door and ransacked the room, local officials said.

Tensions had mounted in Ajaccio Friday after two firefighters and a police officer were injured overnight in clashes in a low-income neighbourhood of the city.

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