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France: Attack On Strasbourg Mosque Condemned



A fire at the entrance to the Grand Mosque of Strasbourg was quickly extinguished overnight Saturday. The attack, which took place at the entrance to one of the main mosques in France caused only minor cosmetic damage.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has decried the arson attack and has vowed to pursue those responsible for this “odious act,” an official statement said Monday.

The statement continued on to say that Cazeneuve “reaffirms his commitment to protect the places of worship of all religions from such outrageous acts and attacks which target them, and also to fight against all expressions of hatred and intolerance,” adding that “such acts went against the core values of the French Republic.”

The president of the Grand Mosque, Ali El Jarroudi condemned “with the greatest firmness this odious act” and said that a complaint had been lodged with the police, adding that there were images of an individual lighting the fires which he had handed to the police..

In a statement to AFP, Abdallah Zekri, president of the Observatory against Islamophobia, said that he feels “anger and disgust at those who want to create tensions between communities.”

The Mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries, expressed his “outrage” against “acts which, as isolated they are, affect the serenity of cohabitation between religions and tradition of understanding and ‘openness’ of the city.

The President of the Union of mosques in France (UMF), Mohammed Moussaoui, also condemned “in the strongest force” the attack, calling on the “Muslims of France to be vigilant and calm in the face of these acts.”

The incident did not disrupt the Great Mosque musical program which took place Sunday which included hosting the London Zemel Choir, a Jewish choir chosen as part of a religious music festival which took place in Strasbourg.

(with AFP)

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  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    What interests of freedom of expression? This is a lie. Those cartoons had nothing to do with freedom of expression.

    We absolutely will not republish the filthy, derogatory, Islamophobic cartoons.

  • HSkol

    I feared as much. Thanks Aajay.

  • I am not sure what the majority sentiment is but from what it appears outwardly such as the law against niqab, the French politicians, and what happens in Quebec, the common sentiment seems to be that the French don’t like the Muslims too much. I could be wrong.

  • HSkol

    Well, at least I was nice about it – not mentioning the name of You-Know-Who.

  • Jekyll


  • HSkol

    I don’t know much about France. I know that they have witnessed some hateful acts toward Muslims though. It is good to see this crime condemned by officials, whom I hope have thoughts that are representative of the majority of France’s citizens. Do you know if there is a common or majority sentiment among the French toward their fellow citizens who happen to be Muslim?

  • mindy1

    At least it is being condemned-I just hope they find who did it.

  • I am impressed that the French interior minister condemned it. That makes me think that words (besides actions) matter a lot. So when non-Muslims want us to condemn each and every terrorist action perceivably done by Muslims, not a bad idea to condemn it.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Or boring people like Jekyll with no sense of adventure.

  • HSkol

    Very rigid travelers who know just what single site they’d like to see in the country in question, perhaps.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Who travels to a country and only goes to one place?

  • HSkol

    . . . WAS there!

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    You’re in France?

  • Jekyll

    Bloody hell I was there!

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