Workers building a mosque Bergerac, France discovered a pig’s head as well as animal blood at the entrance of the construction site last week, which is being called the latest “attack” on Muslims in the wayward European country over the last decade.
Construction began and was finally approved late 2018 despite local opposition (goes to show you not everyone European is drinking the koolaid)
“The perpetrators smeared the walls with animal blood and placed a severed pig’s head” on the front gate of the construction area, the deputy public prosecutor of Bergerac, Charles Charollois, told AFP.
“This building project is controversial,” Charollois said. “There have been administrative and legal appeals to stop it, so there are many leads for us to follow.”
Frederic Perissat, Bergerac’s police commissioner, “strongly denounced and condemned these acts that damage our freedom of conscience and expression and are contrary to the principles of separation of church and state,” and called for “mutual respect” in the community.
Over the past few days, posters declaring “Bergerac is the city of Perigord, not Islam!” — referring to the former name of the Dordogne region — had been pasted around the town, according to its mayor Daniel Garrigue.
“I can’t say that they’re connected, but I note that they’re in the same spirit,” Garrigue said. In France, desecrating a religious facility is a crime punishable by up to seven years in prison.
It’s not just mosques that have been targeted. Earlier this year, 80 graves were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, local officials said Tuesday, on the eve of nationwide marches against a rise in anti-Semitic attacks.
The damage was discovered at a cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim, close to the border with Germany in the Alsace region, a statement from the regional security office said at the time.
Photos show the Nazi symbols in blue paint spray-painted on the damaged graves, one of which bears the words “Elsassisches Schwarzen Wolfe” (“Black Alsacian Wolves), a separatist group with links to neo-Nazis in the 1970s.
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According to DWnews: “The sale of church buildings has become commonplace in France – but a recent proposal to convert a church to a mosque has triggered a nationwide controversy. Church congregations in France are dwindling and the town of Vierzon is no exception. With a population of only 27,000, Vierzon is home to six Roman Catholic churches. To balance its books, the local diocese decided to sell one of the churches. But tempers flared after a Moroccan Muslim organization said it wanted to buy the church and convert it to a mosque.”