A Muslim cemetery and a village in eastern France were painted with Neo-Nazi slogans and swastikas over the weekend, prompting Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin to head to the region to speak with officials and religious representatives.
More than 50 Muslim graves in a Strasbourg cemetery were covered with black swastikas and, in some cases, “HH” (for Heil Hitler) and the neo-Nazi characters “88”, which refer to the letter H being the 8th letter in the alphabet.
A wall nearby was inscribed with threats against the heads of the regional Muslim council and the regional assembly as well as the phrases “Sieg Heil”, “White Race”, “White Power” and “Adolf”.
In the village of Wittersdorf, 80 kilometres to the south, similar graffiti was sprayed on walls, bus shelters and along streets on Saturday night.
Insults were also written against the town’s mayor and “Attention: the Jews are back” was painted on the outside of a Jewish person’s home.
Police were investigating both acts of vandalism.
Mr De Villepin will discuss those and other racist incidents with local Muslim and Jewish leaders