Eight Churches and Two Schools Hit By Vandalism in Bordeaux over Weekend

Country: France

Date of incident: January 19, 2020

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith / Morals

Area of case: Anti-Religion or humanism groups / Private

Eight churches and two Catholic educational establishments were vandalized with graffiti in Bordeaux and Talence during the night between January 18th to 19th. The churches affected were: Notre-Dame, Saint-Eloi, Sainte-Croix, Sainte Eulalie, Saint-Seurin, Sacré-Coeur, and Saint-Paul in Bordeaux, the church of Notre-Dame de Talence and on the Catholic educational establishments of Albert le Grand and Saint-Genès in Bordeaux. The offensive tags, referring to pedophilia in the Church and to the bioethics bill, all had the same signature.

The archbishop of Bordeaux expressed his "deep sadness" and stood by "those who were injured by the obscene inscriptions and insults inscribed on many buildings." The mayors of Bordeaux and Talence both condemned the acts and filed complaints.

Sources: Info Chretienne, BFMTV, and en.24