Church Shattered and Partially Burned

Country: France

Date of incident: January 1, 2011

On Saturday January 1st between 12 a.m. and 3 p.m. the church of Montfermeil was severely damaged and partially burned. According to sources, a group of individuals forced and broke the door to the place of worship with the help of a car. They then set fire to a bunch of paper that was inside the church. Thus, three additional rooms, including the room used for worship of children, were damaged and must now be rebuilt.

The assembly of Pastor Bertrand Colpi - a total of 180 people – was shocked. Mayor Xavier Lemoine said: "In Montfermeil, we had never seen anything like this, but attacks against places of worship are increasingly common in other parts of France, and this worries me a lot." (in French: "A Montfermeil, on n'a jamais vu ça, mais les attaques contre les lieux de culte sont de plus en plus courantes ailleurs en France, et cela me préoccupe beaucoup".) Sources: