Pig's head deface French Muslim prayer room

20th August 2009, Comments 1 comment

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.

AFP / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • Carmelo Palmier Cecy Malta posted:

    on 23rd August 2009, 11:18:52 - Reply

    I am a convinced Catholic, with a faith that is radically different from that of Islam. True to Christ's and the Church's reaching, I maintain that one should not insult any person or group. All people are our brothers and sisters and children of the one true God.
    If tolerance, brotherly love, and mutual respect were to be practised by all, the world would be a much better place to live in.