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Politicians say vandalism at hundreds of French churches is being ignored
Hundreds of Roman Catholic churches in France have been attacked by vandals and thieves in the last year.
Opposition politicians have called for a parliamentary investigation amid claims it's linked to a more general wave of opposition to Christianity.
Figures from the French police reveal that 75 of France's 42,258 churches were vandalised last year.
A further 129 incidents of theft were also reported and the interior ministry have said 59 cemeteries were also vandalised.
A fire at St Sulpice - best known for being used in the movie adaptation of Dan Brown's novel Da Vinci Code, brought to media outlet's attention other instances of church vandalism after it caught on fire on March 31.
Police believe the fire was started deliberately.
#Breaking: Just in - The fire in Saint-Sulpice church in #Paris is a "deliberate" act reports French news outlet "LCI" an accident is been excluded at this time. #France #SaintSulpice https://t.co/uwa0wc3yIh— Sotiri Dimpinoudis ❁ (@sotiridi) March 18, 2019
French daily morning newspaper Le Figaro said that the trend was "continuing at a worrying level".
"Every day, at least two churches are profaned," Valérie Boyer, an opposition MP for the Republicans party, said to the paper.
With at least two churches being targeted every day, opposition politicians are claiming that these crimes are a threat to the country's Christian heritage.
Prime Minster Edouard Philippe has been criticised for not doing more to tackle the problem.
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