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Muslim butcher's shop hit by machine gun fire in France
An anti-Arab march in Corsica, where communal tensions remain high. Photo: AFP

Muslim butcher's shop hit by machine gun fire in France

The Local/AFP · 3 Feb 2016, 11:13

Published: 03 Feb 2016 11:13 GMT+01:00

No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred at night while the shop in the southern town of Popriano was closed, according to reports.

The shop that stands in the town centre was hit "by fire from heavy weaponry", the local prosecutor Eric Bouillard said. According to I-Tele there were around 30 bullet holes in the in the shop front.

The prosecutor believes an assault rifle was likely used in the attack and added the Muslim butcher who owned the shop had "no history" to explain why he was attacked.

There were also reports that a kebab outlet nearby was also hit by the gunfire.

Police have no indication who was behind the shooting, but it comes after communal tensions on the island between north African immigrants and locals flared in recent months.

The island was rocked by anti-Arab riots over Christmas after firefighters and police officers were ambushed and attacked on Christmas in a neighbourhood mostly home to north African immigrants.

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Demonstrators shouting slogans such as "This is our home!" and "Arabs get out", vandalised a Muslim prayer hall and set fire to books including copies of the Koran.

Six people have been charged in connection with that unrest.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls wrote on Twitter that the break-in was "an unacceptable desecration", while also condemning the "intolerable attack" on the firefighters.
   
The island's administrator Christophe Mirmand said "This behaviour must stop. It hurts Corsica's image."
 
Corsica is known as the "Isle of Beauty" for its turquoise waters and picturesque mountains. Its population increases by tenfold during peak tourist season. 

The Local/AFP (news.france@thelocal.com)

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