S France mosque firebombed

4th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

MARSEILLE, France, Oct 2 (AFP) - A mosque under construction and an adjoining building serving as a provisional house of worship in the southern French town of Aubagne were attacked by arsonists early Saturday, according to judicial officials.

MARSEILLE, France, Oct 2 (AFP) - A mosque under construction and an adjoining building serving as a provisional house of worship in the southern French town of Aubagne were attacked by arsonists early Saturday, according to judicial officials.  

While there was no damage at the new building site, the temporary mosque was severely burned, firemen at the scene said.  

While four to five thousand of Aubagne's 43,000 residents are Muslims, according to a spokesman at the mayor's office, there have never been tensions in the community.  

"For the time being we have no leads on the perpetrators or the motivation for such an act," said a police spokesman.  

"We are moderate people and we have no room for fanatics," said Ben Younes Khaldi, a spokesman for Aubagne's Muslim community.  

France, which is home to Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish communities, has seen an increase in attacks on both communities in the last few years.  

In the first seven months of this year 160 violent anti-Semitic acts were recorded as opposed to 75 such acts during the same period last year.  

While many blame young, disaffected members of France's Muslim community for attacks on Jews, some believe nationalist extremist groups are responsible for targeting both communities.

 

© AFP

Subject: French News

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