Rabat - The security staff at the residence of Chakib Benmoussa, Morocco's ambassador to France, on Maurice Barres Boulevard in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, found two pigs' heads hung on the entrance of the residence Thursday morning.
Rabat – The security staff at the residence of Chakib Benmoussa, Morocco’s ambassador to France, on Maurice Barres Boulevard in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, found two pigs’ heads hung on the entrance of the residence Thursday morning.
Moroccan website Le360, citing informed sources in Paris, reported that Morocco’s ambassador to France has been notified and that French police were also alerted.
The technical laboratory police unit was reportedly dispatched to the scene to collect any evidence that would help them find those responsible for this “Islamophobic act.”
The same source also said the Moroccan diplomat is preparing to file a lawsuit against an unknown defendant and that an investigation has been opened to find out the motives behind this appalling act.
An investigation is underway “to search for the motivations of such an act and decrypt the message that its author wanted to convey,” says Le360’s source.
The same source added that “this is the first time such an act has been committed against the residence of the Ambassador of Morocco, but in recent weeks, pig heads have been hung on mosque gates in France,” attributing such acts to the rise of Islamophobia in France.
After the Charlie Hebdo and, more recent, Paris terrorist attacks, the Islamophobic, xenophobic and racist attacks against Muslims and their places of worship have increased at an alarming rate in France.
Knowing that pork is religiously forbidden for Muslims, the act of hanging pig heads on Muslims places of worship has become a recurring practice in France, in an attempt to provoke Muslims.
Members of the Muslim community in France, like most of other European countries, live in constant fear and insecurity as their places of worship are being vandalized, and manifestations of hate and intolerance have become the norm.
In a bid to combat the country’s increasingly worrying number of hate crimes following the terrorist attacks, which have rocked the republic, France has launched a shock video campaign, based on real events, which aims to educate the public about the destructive nature of these types of acts.
Edited by Clint Brooks