A swastika and graffiti have been daubed in a single day on a mosque in the town of Agen, southwestern France, the inside minister stated Sunday, denouncing what he referred to as an “odious” act.
Gerald Darmanin expressed his “assist for the Muslims of Agen” in a tweet in which he described the vandalism as “opposite to the values of the Republic.”
Messaoud Settati, president of the town’s Islamic affiliation, stated he was alerted to the desecration at round 2 a.m.
The mosque had handed over surveillance footage to the police, he added. It reveals a person getting into the grounds of the mosque shortly after midnight.
Abdallah Zekri, head of France’s National Observatory Against Islamophobia, condemned the graffiti, noting that it got here simply 5 days forward of Qurban Bayram, also referred to as Eid al-Adha, a very powerful feast in the Muslim calendar.
It was a “provocation and an insult to French residents of the Muslim religion,” he stated.
France has between 5 million and 6 million Muslims, in accordance with the most recent research, which makes it the second-largest faith in the nation after Christianity – and the biggest Muslim group in Europe.
In November 2019, greater than 10,000 folks staged a Paris march in opposition to Islamophobia after an 84-year-old man, a former far-right activist, shot and wounded two males at a mosque in the southern metropolis of Bayonne.