Parish Several Times Severly Attacked by Muslim Youth

Country: France

Date of incident: December 30, 2010

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Islamist / Private



Faithful of the parish St John in Avignon are being annoyed, often during the mass service, by insults and agressions, thefts, attempts of arson, and even a car bomb left by Muslim youth. The little community of Christians in a city which hosts an arabic-moslem majority begins to feel afraid of praying together. The parish priest understands that there is a "startling code of silence both for media and politics about the issue".

Sources and important links:

Video of a talk about the situation in Avignon at a conference on "immigration and christian charity", organized by the sociopolitc Observatory of the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon on Jan 29 2011 in Hyères (read commentery)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv3D5bxEovQ

Letter of the parish priest Fr. Gabriel about the dramatic situation in the quarters of his parish, facing Islam: http://www.secteurparoissialstjean.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=609:message-du-pere-gabriel-17-decembre-2010&catid=89:texte&Itemid=114

Blog entry of November 20th 2010 on the attacks on the Church St John in Avignon: http://recounquista.com/category/violences/