Statue of Virgin Mary and Child Decapitated in Noirmoutier
Date of incident: August 19, 2018
Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance
Attack against: Faith
Area of case: Private
During the night of the 18th to 19th of August, the 3.5 meter public statue of the Virgin Mary and Child was decapitated. Residents were shocked and searched the nearby forest for the missing heads but found nothing. Parishioners were dismayed, as the statue has stood in the community since 1949. The priest, who called the incident violent and shocking, filed a complaint with the police.