Threats and Attempts of Fire in a Church Near Avignon

Country: France

Date of incident: November 6, 2010

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



Saint-John’s parish near Avignon has been the target of a number of threats and intimidations: insulting tags in the church’s walls, feces thrown on the church, a young man even entered the church during mass, urinated and screamed to the parishioners: “we’ll toast you all in fire, you and your church”. A fire was also started in a tree growing against the church, probably in order to burn the church itself. Father Gabriel, the parish priest, regrets and condemns “an increasingly aggressive and violent climate”.

Source: http://www.indignations.org/profanations/index.php/2010/11/06/314-menaces-et-tentative-d-incendie-sur-une-eglise-a-avignon