At least five people have been injured in France after clashes broke out between police forces and hundreds of protesters in a town west of the capital, Paris.

Clashes broke out in the town of Trappes late Friday, resulting in the arrest of at least six people.

The nearly 300 demonstrators were protesting the arrest of a man whose wife was ticketed the day before for wearing a face veil.

Officials accuse the man of trying to strangle the officer who was checking the woman.

According to the French group Collective Against Islamophobia, the officer yanked the woman by her veil and shoved her mother.

Reports say police forces used tear gas to break up crowds of angry protesters throwing projectiles.

Wearing the face veil is against the law in France. Muslim women are also not allowed to wear headscarves in schools and public buildings.

France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls denounced the violent clashes between police forces and protesters and called for calm.

Meanwhile, many who are against the attacks on Muslims say it is difficult to imagine that French politicians could not have predicted that the imposed anti-burqa law in 2011 would cause such unrest.

In order to stop the escalating violence against veiled women, several French Muslims are urging the government to repeal the anti-burqa law.

Since the law was imposed, attacks targeting Muslim women in France have been on the rise

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