Nantes Cathedral in France vandalized by extremists
Extremists vandalize Nantes Cathedral
Sun, 09 Jun 2013 07:56:04 GMT
The Nantes Cathedral in western France has been vandalized amid recent extremist activities that led to the death of a young left winger in the country.
Christian Galliard de Lavernee, the prefect of Loire-Atlantique Department of Nantes, said the cathedral, known as Saint-Pierre de Nantes in French, was vandalized during the late hours of Friday.
The damage disfigured a part of the cathedral’s choir, and there were Nazi inscriptions on the walls, Lavernee stated.
An investigation into the incident has been opened by the Nantes prosecutor. Authorities have also temporarily blocked access to the cathedral.
The vandalism in Nantes happened a couple of days after the killing of an 18-year-old activist in an attack blamed on skinheads.
French officials said Clement Meric, a left winger, was “hit extremely violently” by a group of men described as “skinhead types” during a fight in central Paris on June 5. The student was placed on life support at the hospital but was declared brain dead and died the day after.
Five people are under investigation over the death of Meric.
The Paris Prosecutor, Francois Molins, said one of the suspects named Esteban had “acknowledged to police that he had struck Clement Meric twice – bare-fisted, he claimed – including the blow that caused him to fall to the ground.”
The perpetrators of the assault appeared to be members of a far-right group called the Revolutionary Nationalist Youths (JNR), police said.
Serge Ayoub, the head of the JNR, has denied his group’s involvement in the attack.
On Saturday, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault ordered the dissolution of the JNR, which is the militant wing of the far-right group Third Way.