French PM condemns Corsica violence as Muslim prayer hall is damaged

Published: Saturday 26th December 2015 by The News Editor

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A crowd vandalised a Muslim prayer room in Corsica a day after an ambush left firefighters injured on the French island.

The region’s most senior police official was at the tense scene at a housing project.

The violence began on Thursday night, when firefighters responding to an emergency call were ambushed in Ajaccio, according to the local France 3 television.

On Friday, a gathering that started as a show of support for the injured emergency officials turned violent, and some in the crowd vandalised a prayer room. France 3 reported new police reinforcements at other prayer rooms.

France’s prime minister, Manuel Valls, called for respect for French law after “the intolerable aggression toward firefighters and unacceptable profanation of a Muslim place of prayer”.

France’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, condemned those responsible for hurting police and firefighters in Ajaccio.

He said investigators would also look into the vandalism of the prayer room, which he said included attempts to burn Korans and prayer books.

Published: Saturday 26th December 2015 by The News Editor

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