Protestant church vandalised with graffiti referring to massacre of Protestants

Country: France

Date of incident: April 30, 2024

A protestant church in France was vandalised with a graffiti reading “Long live Saint-Barthélemy”. Saint Barthélemy Day refers to the mass massacre of Protestants following 24 August 1572, in which between 15,000 and 30,000 Protestants were murdered in Paris and the provinces because of their faith. In this light, the graffiti is a particularly troubling display of anti-Protestant hatred.

Due to security reasons, the church's name or specific location have not been published, pointing to the seriousness of the threat.

According to an article, the church removed the tag on the next day. The local church reportedly lodged a complaint with the police and informed the town hall.