Pig's head deface French Muslim prayer room
Two young men have been arrested on suspicion of hanging a pig’s head from the door of a Muslim prayer room in Toul.Toul – Vandals hung a pig's head from the door of a Muslim prayer room in eastern France and daubed the building top to bottom with swastikas and anti-Islamic graffiti, police said Wednesday.
A passer-by alerted police earlier Wednesday after discovering the pig's head suspended from the door and trotters from the shutters of the prayer centre, part of a northnNorth African community centre on the outskirts of the town of Toul.
France, home to Europe's largest Muslim community, estimated at five million, has seen a rise in Islamophobic attacks in the past two years, with neo-Nazi desecration of Muslim war graves and arson strikes on several mosques.
Police arrested two young men in their twenties shortly after the incident, said local MP Nadine Morano, who is also junior minister for families in President Nicolas Sarkozy's right-wing government.
According to a police source, the youths were caught spraying swastikas onto the wall of a kebab restaurant in a nearby town.
Sarkozy contacted the head of the French Muslim Council, Mohammed Moussaoui, to express his "indignation" and promised to "ensure those responsible are punished," the president's office said.
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