For the second time in less than three weeks, threats have again been tagged on the wall of a Muslim cultural center in Rennes. The French Council for Muslim Worship (CFCM) condemned “racist and Islamophobic inscriptions”.
“We warned you, immigration kills … #Rambouillet”, “French, react! Mélenchon collabo ”, could one read in particular on April 30 in the morning on the back wall of the Avicenne cultural center, in the popular district of Villejean in Rennes.
The technical services of the city quickly erased the tags, before the arrival of the faithful for the Friday prayers. Similar tags had already been painted, on the night of April 10 to 11, on most of the walls of the Avicenna center: “No to Islamization”, “Vive le Roy”, “Charles Martel saves us” or “the crusades” will resume ”… On April 30, the references were the same, the author (s) of the tags having notably drawn a Christian cross accompanied by the inscription“ deus vult ”(God willing), the rallying cry of the Crusaders.
When questioned, prosecutor Philippe Astruc told AFP that a new investigation for “degradation due to belonging to a religion” had been entrusted to the departmental security of the Rennes police.
“For the time being, the perpetrator (s) of the first facts could not be identified despite the research undertaken,” said the magistrate.
“The faithful, like the people of Rennes, are shocked by these acts. I strongly condemn these odious messages ”, reacted on Twitter the socialist mayor (PS) of Rennes Nathalie Appéré.
Also on Twitter, the French Council for Muslim Worship (CFCM) condemned “strongly [ces] racist and Islamophobic inscriptions ”and expressed his“ solidarity with the faithful and officials of the center in the face of this new and cowardly provocation ”.
On April 11, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin had promised “protection to our fellow Muslims” during a visit to the Avicenna center.