Anti-religious inscriptions and antisemitic graffiti were found in Toulouse, in front and around the Saint-Sernin Basilica.
“Sadness and dismay. The Basilica of Saint-Sernin, a magnificent Romanesque church (…) and a monument listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site was vandalised last night,” the Diocese of Toulouse lamented on its Facebook page.
“The return of Satan” or “Traitors” were painted with red paint on columns in front of the basilica. “I condemn this shameful act, which targets both the peaceful Toulouse Catholic community and the most beautiful jewel of #Toulouse’s heritage. Shame on those who perpetrated it! “, indignantly posted on Twitter the mayor of Toulouse, Jean-Luc Moudenc.
“I also condemn the antisemitic graffiti on rue Mirepoix. #Toulouse is proud to be a diverse and open city, these crimes will not destroy our values of humanity,” added Jean-Luc Moudenc. The inscriptions in question were quickly erased by municipal officials after their discovery.