Racist attack on mosque in Paris suburb

28th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 27 (AFP) - Racist slogans have been sprayed on the wall of a mosque near Paris, officials said on Sunday, in the latest of a string of recent acts targeting France's Muslim minority.

PARIS, June 27 (AFP) - Racist slogans have been sprayed on the wall of a mosque near Paris, officials said on Sunday, in the latest of a string of recent acts targeting France's Muslim minority.

The mosque in Nanterre, a suburb west of Paris, was sprayed with three giant inscriptions overnight Saturday, telling Muslims to "go home" and extolling the policies of Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the xenophobic far-right National Front party.

Two other mosques and almost 100 Muslim graves in two cemeteries have been defaced with swastikas and Neo-Nazi slogans this month, while gunshots were fired at one of the mosques, in northern France.

French Economy Minister Nicolas Sarkozy had visited the Nanterre mosque on Friday to reassert the ties between the France state and Islam, and local Muslim community leaders said the act appeared to be a response to his visit.

Speaking on Sunday in a synagogue in the southwest Paris suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, Sarkozy again condemned the recent wave of anti-Semitic and racist attacks that has hit France.

"There is nothing more like an anti-Semitic act than a racist and xenophobic act. Both are unacceptable. We have to face up to the problem and tackle it," Sarkozy said.

© AFP

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