The France 24 website reports that French police in the port city of Marseille say three of its officers were injured in the early hours of July 25, 2012 when a mob of some 50 people tried to prevent them from checking the identity of a woman who was wearing a full Islamic veil.
Under French law, wearing a full veil -- or covering one's face -- in a public place is illegal, and offenders must submit to ID checks.
According to the police, the woman was stopped just after midnight near a city mosque and refused to cooperate with the officers.
A man accompanying the woman -- as well as a large group of bystanders -- came to her aid and three officers were injured slightly in a scuffle. After police reinforcements arrived, four people -- including the 18-year-old woman named only as Louise-Marie -- were arrested for assaulting the officers.