Halal butcher shop attacked with gunfire in France’s Corsica

Muslim butcher shop in French island Corsica ‘hit with a torrent of heavy-weapons fire’

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Policemen look for evidence at a Muslim butcher's shop that was sprayed with bullets overnight on February 3, 2016 in Propriano, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica

A French official said on Wednesday that a halal butcher shop was attacked with gunfire in Corsica island.

Local prosecutor Eric Bouillard said the shop, in the centre of the resort town of Propriano, was "hit with a torrent of heavy-weapons fire."

There was no injuries, he added.

Religious and social tensions have risen on the Mediterranean island since Christmas Eve, when two firefighters and a police officer were wounded at the estate, where 1,700 people live, half of them of non-French origin. 

Hundreds of Corsicans demonstrated during the following days, some of them in an aggressive manner. 

Protesters from a far-right group had ransacked a mosque and attempted to burn copies of the Quran in Ajaccio, the capital.

Some protesters chanted slogans such as “This is our home!” and “Arabs get out,” while others shouted as “We fight against scum, not against Arabs!”

Six people have been charged in connection to the unrest.

A report Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) released in July 2015 showed the increase of Islamophobia related attacks in France.

Compared to 2014, there has been a 23.5 percent increase following the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January 2015.

"Attacks against mosques, death threats against veiled women, school kids humiliated by their teachers, female students prohibited from wearing long skirts, religious profiling of Muslim children, propagation of hate speeches and even declarations of war on Muslims whom are portrayed as a fifth column...the consequences have been and still are dire for Muslims," the report said.

Police officers look for evidence at a Muslim butcher's shop that was sprayed with bullets overnight on February 3, 2016, Corsica



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