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Muslim graves desecrated in southern France

Muslim graves desecrated in southern France

France's main Muslim organization says several Muslim graves were desecrated in southeastern France over the weekend.
France has the largest Muslim population in western Europe and has struggled with Islamophobia. A killing spree by a young Frenchman of Algerian origin this year has reinvigorated the debate over the integration of Muslims in French society.
That debate has played a big role in presidential elections, in which the far-right candidate drew nearly a fifth of the votes in the first round. President Nicolas Sarkozy has tacked hard to the right in the hopes of winning Sunday's decisive second round.
The French Muslim Council condemned on Monday the desecration of the graves, which it called cowardly. Local press reported the vandalism included racist sayings scribbled on the graves.


Updated : 2021-03-06 17:16 GMT+08:00