Monday 29 December 2014

Vandals deface Sacre Coeur basilica

Published 19/03/2014 | 17:52

A worker cleans the graffiti at entrance of the Sacre Coeur basilica in the Montmartre district of Paris (AP)
A worker cleans the graffiti at entrance of the Sacre Coeur basilica in the Montmartre district of Paris (AP)

France's interior minister says unknown vandals have spray-painted graffiti on Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls condemned the anti-church and anti-state vandalism on the entrance door, walls and floor. Clean-up crews were deployed to erase the words.

The Sacre Coeur, or Sacred Heart, basilica offers eye-popping views of Paris atop the trendy Montmartre neighbourhood. Millions of visitors trek there each year.

Consecrated in 1919, Sacre Coeur was approved as a project by the government decades earlier in an effort to restore moral values following the ill-fated Paris Commune revolt of 1871 in which thousands died.

Mr Valls says authorities are working to identify and arrest the vandals.

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