Vandalism, arson, desecration – Catholic churches targeted by Muslims across France
While the world watched in horror the devastation caused by the savage blaze at Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral, the fire is only the latest in a series of attacks that have targeted Catholic churches across France.
Some of the attacks occurred alongside the desecration of sacred objects and acts of vandalism.
In one incident, a cross of human excrement was smeared on the wall of the Notre Dame des Enfants in Nimes. The Muslim vandals also looted the church and spread consecrated wafers in the garbage.
The same month, the altar at Saint-Alain Cathedral in Lavaur was set on fire, while statues and crosses were smashed throughout the premises. Two Muslim teenagers were later arrested in relation to the attack.
In another incident on February 4, a statue of the Virgin Mary was found smashed on the ground at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Houilles, Yvelines. Just days later, the Eucharist was scattered and the altar cloth soiled at Church of Notre Dame de Dijon.
On February 10, St Nicolas in Houilles was subjected to another attack six days after the first mindless act of vandalism.
A 35-year-old Muslim vandal later confessed to committing the act to police.
It is unclear if the attacks are related, but police investigations into the wave of attacks are ongoing.