Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

Read more

WEB NEWS

Russian aid convoy: Mission accomplished?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Actor Orlando Jones lauches 'Bullet Bucket Challenge'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Macron Economics'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Macron-economics, the former banker turned minister

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'The capital of sex, drugs, alcohol, trash and trashy tourism'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French government crisis: 'Krankreich' not Frankreich

Read more

DEBATE

Hollande's Last Chance: Can Weakened President Reform Without Left Flank? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Hollande's Last Chance: Can Weakened President Reform Without Left Flank?

Read more

  • Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande puts young ex-banker in top economy post

    Read more

  • Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

    Read more

  • Liberia's president sacks ministers who left amid Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • Airstrikes and Assad - Obama’s military conundrum in Syria

    Read more

  • IMF’s Lagarde put under formal investigation in French corruption case

    Read more

  • American journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US

    Read more

  • In pictures: France’s new ministers

    Read more

  • 'Lasting' ceasefire agreed for Gaza, Abbas says

    Read more

  • Far-right ‘Russian Jihad’ fighters cross into Ukraine

    Read more

  • American 'Islamic State fighter' killed in Syria

    Read more

  • The ‘war’ at the heart of France’s ruling party

    Read more

  • Burger King to buy Canada's Tim Hortons for $11 billion

    Read more

  • Rebels 'shoot down' UN helicopter in South Sudan

    Read more

  • Air France pilots threaten September strike

    Read more

  • WHO seeks stricter regulation for e-cigarettes

    Read more

France

‘F*** tourism’ tagged on entrance to Sacré-Coeur in Paris

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-19

The Sacré-Coeur, a 19th century basilica perched atop Montmartre in Paris, was discovered to have been vandalised on Wednesday morning, its doors tagged in red paint with the words “Neither God, nor master, nor state” and “Down with the authorities”.

The marble entrance to the Sacré-Coeur was also defaced with red and black graffiti, which read “F*** tourism” and “Set fire to the chapels”.

One of the French capital’s most famous monuments, the basilica draws millions of visitors each year to its pristine white edifice, stunning domes and sweeping view of the city. The vandalism, which comes just four days ahead of municipal elections in Paris, was swiftly reprehended by the outgoing mayor, Bertrand Delanoë.

“I strongly condemn the graffiti that was sprayed last night on the entrance of the [Sacré-Coeur]. Such defacement, and it’s not the first, is unacceptable,” he said.

Anne Hidalgo, who is Delanoë’s deputy mayor and the Socialist Party’s pick to succeed him after Sunday’s mayoral election, also denounced the act, as did her rival Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a candidate for the conservative UMP party, who called for a “strong response” to the incident.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls also weighed in on the issue, labelling the tags “offensive to Catholics as well as severely damaging to a monument emblematic of Paris’s architectural patrimony”.

As Delanoë hinted, this is far from the first time the Sacré-Coeur has been targeted. Anarchists and other far-left activists have regularly expressed their hostility toward the monument, which is widely believed to have been built as a symbolic punishment of supporters of the Paris Commune, a revolutionary, working-class government that rejected the ruling bourgeoisie and governed the city briefly in 1871.

Just a few months ago, Ian Brossat, a leading Communist Party member in Paris, suggested the basilica be closed down and replaced with a “solidarity space”.

Date created : 2014-03-19

  • FRANCE

    A tale of two women: Paris set to get first female mayor

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Mayoral hopeful would tear down Paris’s tallest skyscraper

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Paris mayoral candidate seeks to transform 'phantom' metro stops

    Read more

COMMENT(S)