Court Gives Town Three Months to Remove Statue of Virgin Mary

Country: France

Date of incident: December 3, 2016

Category: Government Restrictions

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Governmental

A court has ordered the town of Publier to remove its statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with France's ban on religious symbols in public spaces. Failure to remove it within three months will result in a fine of 100 euros per day.

The statue has stood in a public park since 2011 and the mayor has said that he will try to move it to private property. The court's decision has been criticized on social media as a "new tyranny" and an interference with the freedom of expression. Source: BBC