Anti-Islam Tags near Béziers Mosque

The prefect of Hérault called on the government prosecutor after Islamophobic tags were found near the mosque of Béziers.

On a traffic sign indicating directions to the mosque, the word “mosque” was crossed out and swastikas were drawn over it, according to an AFP journalist, who also saw a second tag: “Long live the FN, no to Islam,” drawn on a wall 100 meters from the mosque.

On his Twitter account, interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve deplored the “intolerable descriptions” and assured the public that he “asked the prefect of Hérault to prosecute.”

The prefect of Hérault, Pierre de Bousquet, condemned “these Islamophobic acts with the greatest firmness,” in a press statement, indicating that he called on the prosecutor of Béziers “without delay.”

The president of the National Observatory Against Islamophobia, Abdallah Zekri, also secretary general of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) “strongly condemned such acts that appear on the walls of mosques throughout France.”

In a communication, Robert Ménard, mayor of Béziers and National Front supporter, also “firmly condemned” the tags.

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