Mont Valérien memorial defaced with antisemitic graffiti

The Mont Valérien, a monument to the memory of French resistance fighters and combatants of World War II was vandalised by the inscription “Anti Pass”, with the two S’s taking up the typography of the acronym “SS”.

Emmanuel Macron described the damage as “an insult to the memory of our heroes and to the memory of the nation”. “To defile this sacred place of the Republic is to undermine what unites us. The perpetrators will be found and then judged”, added the President of the Republic in a tweet.

The inscription on the Memorial inaugurated by General de Gaulle in 1960 in Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine), is 50 metres long. The site was not yet equipped with a surveillance camera, but ironically work was “in progress” to equip it.

Samples have already been taken from the site, and the police will “now carry out their investigative work”. “A clean-up will be carried out from the beginning of this afternoon thanks to the Suresnes town hall”, Rachel Gerroumi said.


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