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HRWF (08.09.2016) – The website of Intolerance Against Christians has published some cases of vandalism committed against Catholic churches in France in August.

Vandalism and attempted arson in Hautmont church

August 27, 2016: Police opened an investigation after a bystander reported smelling smoke from the church of Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption. Investigators discovered damages statues, as well as missals, songbooks, and wreaths knocked to the floor. The altar tablecloth was burnt, but the fire did not spread to the rest of the church. Source: La Voix du Nord

City church in Indre-et-Loire vandalized

August 14, 2016: The church of Notre Dame in Vouvray was vandalized with black spray paint during the weekend of August 14, 2016 with a message accusing the church of fundamentalism and calling Christianity a sect: “Intégriste Christianize = Secte.” An investigation was initiated. Source: L’Observatoire de la Christianophobie

Statue of Virgin Mary beheaded in Alpes de Haute-Provence

August 14, 2016: During the weekend of August 14th, a hiker discovered the chapel door forced open and the statue of Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette removed from its display, decapitated, and left outside the building with its head at its feet. Police are investigating. Source: Dici

Stained glass windows destroyed in church

August 14, 2016: At least 40 stones were thrown at four stained glass windows in a church in Delme, possibly using slingshots from outside the church. Damage is estimated to be 20,000 euros. Police are investigating. Source: Le Républicain Lorrain

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