Attempted Arson and Vandalism at Notre-Dame de la Plaine in Billere

Country: France

Date of incident: May 11, 2014

On March 11th the church Notre-Dame de la Plaine in Billère in Southwestern France was vandalised: The diocese of Bayonne, Lescar and Oloron said that „one or more persons burned the altar shrine and the cross in the sanctuary“. The police confirmed the vandalism and found some feces. The parish priest has filed a complaint and a police investigation is underway.

The bishop said that the church will be closed for several days. This is not the first time that this church become the subject of vandalism and provocations.