France mosque targeted in shooting attack

France mosque targeted in shooting attack

On the eve of the conclusion of the Muslim Ramadan fast, unidentified individuals opened fire at the mosque in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (Manche), France. The police discovered unidentified shells close by and gunshot marks on the front of the mosque. There is increased security surrounding the mosque. In expressing its support for the Muslim population in the city, the Manche Department prefecture mentioned the “full readiness” of law enforcement to offer protection before Ramadan concludes.

Attack on Place of worship

Paint threats against Muslims were scrawled on the same mosque’s gate in November 2023. The French Ministry of the Interior announced in March that in 2023, there would be 32% more crimes in France that are motivated by xenophobia, racism, or religious hate. Additionally, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reported that there were thirty percent more attacks on Muslims in France in 2023 than the year before. According to police, a guy who is accused of shooting and gravely injuring two men in their 70s outside a mosque in southwest France has been taken into custody by French authorities. According to a police statement, an 84-year-old man opened fire after the two victims, ages 74 and 78, saw him attempting to set fire to a mosque in Bayonne. 

Community outrage

The defendant, Claude Sinke, was eventually apprehended close to his residence, and the victims were sent to a neighboring hospital with life-threatening injuries. A vehicle outside the mosque was also set on fire by Sinke. Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to declare, “I strongly condemn the heinous attack perpetrated in front of the Bayonne Mosque.” He said, “Everything will be done to protect our Muslim compatriots and punish the perpetrators.” Christophe Castaner, the interior minister, announced his “solidarity and support to the Muslim community” in addition to confirming the arrest. 

The shooting was also denounced by Marine Le Pen, the head of the far-right National Rally party, which has ties to violent anti-Muslim organizations. The attack, according to her, “goes against all the values of our movement.” Left-wing politician Jean-Luc Melenchon stated that “public speech must stop encouraging hatred.” The attack’s motivation was not immediately apparent.

Investigation and response

A bomb squad was dispatched to Sinke’s residence in Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx, a village of 5,000 people located around 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Bayonne, and the mosque was roped off for inquiries. Shortly after Macron called on Muslims in France to intensify their resistance against “separatism” following this month’s most recent attack on French territory, in which a police officer fatally stabbed four colleagues, the event occurred. Since 2007, when 148 Muslim headstones at a national military cemetery in Arras were defaced with anti-Islamic remarks and a pig’s head was inserted among them, there have been sporadic attacks on mosques in France. In a shooting at a mosque in the northwest city of Brest, a shooter injured an imam; nevertheless, authorities ruled out a terror motive. A pig’s head and animal blood were discovered at the site’s entrance in March by construction workers in the little town of Bergerac in the southwest.

Calls for Solidarity

In the southwest city of Bayonne, two men, ages 74 and 78, were shot on Monday and suffered critical injuries while attempting to stop an attacker from setting a mosque on fire. Not long after the assault, according to the police, they captured the gunman at his house. Macron, the president of France, declared that he “firmly condemned” the “heinous” attack on the mosque. He said on Twitter, “The Republic will never tolerate hatred.” “Everything will be done to safeguard our Muslim countrymen and bring the offenders to justice. I promise to stick with it.” 

Local media revealed the man’s name as an 84-year-old former candidate for Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally party, despite the police not disclosing his identification. This was accurate, a party spokeswoman informed German news agency dpa, although the guy had been kicked out of the party in 2015. The incident was denounced by Le Pen via a tweet, calling it “an indescribable act utterly contrary to the values of our movement.” “The suspected assailant was arrested by national police. Solidarity and support to the Muslim community, who are understandably shocked and alarmed,” tweeted France’s interior minister, Christophe Castaner.

Call to action: Boycott Paris Olympics 2024

Numerous cases of Islamic discrimination against individuals in the workplace have been documented. France seems to be a beautiful place but it cannot be ignored that racism has deeply rooted in this country. Due to the looming threat of terrorism, foreigners should avoid France. Inform prospective attendees that the French government is spying on them using AI surveillance systems, compromising their privacy. 

Boycott olympics 2024 in response to French police brutality and violations of human rights in order to strongly pressure the French government to put an end to these linked concerns. Security is the main point in organizing a best event from which France is not performing well. The Paris Olympics should be boycotted due to unsafe places for visitors and racism issues


In conclusion, These French policies have been perceived as at odds with some integrist views of Islam, which contend that they are dismissive of their right to practice their religion. For instance, prayer breaks are not permitted.



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