Vicar of Oyonnax Parish Assaulted

Country: France

Date of incident: July 15, 2018

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private


A priest was assaulted after trying to calm a group of young people who were attacking customers who were celebrating the French World Cup victory in an outdoor cafe.

Father Raphäel Rigaud was wearing clerical attire when he was assaulted. Police began an investigation and it is unclear if the assault was religiously motivated.


Source: L'Observatoire de la Christianophobie 
Photo (cropped) by Dion Hinchcliffe, CC BY-SA 2.O, via Flickr