Aug 19 2009
The mosque in the town of Toul was daubed with inscriptions saying “France for the French”, “Here is the Nazi” and “Don’t touch my pig,” along with Nazi swastikas.
STRASBOURG, France – A mosque in eastern France was sprayed with racist graffiti and defaced with pieces of pork overnight, a public prosecutor said on Wednesday.
“These are unacceptable acts of vandalism and incitement to racial hate,” prosecutor Raymond Morey told Reuters, adding that the trotters and head of a pig had been hung on the doors and windows of the mosque.
Two youths in their 20s were arrested hours after the vandalism, French television said, giving no other information. Local Muslims said they were shocked by the attack, which came shortly before the start of the fasting month of Ramadan.
“This is an act of cowardice,” said Nurdin Hamza, head of the local Maghrebi association. “Whether it is a mosque or a church, a synagogue, a Buddhist temple, or any other public place, we will always condemn this sort of act.” REUTERS