Overview of Anti-Christian Vandalism in 2006

Country: France

Date of incident: December 31, 2006

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



Acording to National Sources, 172 acts of vandalism against all religions have occured in France in 2006. A large number of those were perpetrated against Christian places of worship. Please find in the following an exemplary list of indicidents.


Churches and chapels which have been targeted: * Bretagne: XVth century chapel was put to fire and almost completely detroyed (January * Bretagne: a church was vandalized, windows and statues broken into pieces (February) * Bretagne: a chapel was set to fire and almost totally burned out(May) * Paris: a church was stoned and stain windows broken. (September) * Meuse: a church was vandalized, statues stolen or broken (September) * Bretagne: the cathedrale of Saint-Brieux was vandalized (September) * Pas-de-Calais: thefts in a church amount to 11 000€ (October) * Bretagne: a church was sacked and wrecked (November) * Lyon: a church twice targeted and put on fire (November) * Marseille: a chapel put to fire under cover of Islamic references (December) * Dijon: Molotov cocktails thrown against a parish and into priest’s home (December) Cemeteries which have been vandalized: * Saint-Thurien (Morbihan): 63 graves were tagged with satanic symbols (January) * Combré (Loire): about 10 graves were vandalized just before Easter (April) * Vendine (Haute-Garonne): 7 graves were taged with nazi symbols (July) * Suarin (Calvados): crosses and ornaments were broken and tagged (September) * Cazères (Haute-Garonne): vandalism and profanations (November) * Saint-Jérôme (Haute-Garonne): 40 graves were vandalized (November) * Cran-Gevrier (Haute-Savoie): 70 graves were vandalized. * Allauch (Bouches-du-Rhône): about 100 graves were vandalized (December)