Christians throw dog poo at theatre director

Fundamentalist Christians threw dog dirt in the face of a top theatre boss in Nancy on Thursday, in protest against a controversial play on religion. 

“I was leaving the national opera when a couple of fundamentalists, a man and a woman I believe, rushed towards me, tore my hat off and threw a container full of dog poo at me…” said Jean-Michel Ribes after the attack on Tuesday evening, French daily Le Figaro reported.

In December, Ribes had received death threats when the theatre he manages, the prestigious Rond-Point theatre in Paris, put on a controversial play about Christianity.

Christian radicals protested the play called “Golgota Picnic”, directed by an Spanish-Argentinian director Rodrigo Garcia. The play features a trash crucifixion of Christ who is referred to has “el puto diablo”.

But Paris theatre critics have said it was absurd to call it anti-Catholic or blasphemous, The Guardian reports.

The director of the Nancy opera said he deeply regretted the assault on Ribes, saying it was “shocking and dreadful”. Ribes was in Nancy to give a press conference on new play he was working on.

However Ribes seems to have taken the attack with a pinch of salt and joked that the two aggressors had probably disliked his press conference.

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French minster orders closure of Cannes mosque over anti-Semitic remarks

France's interior minister said on Wednesday he had ordered the closure of a mosque on the French Riviera because of anti-Semitic remarks made there.

The French riviera town of Cannes
The French riviera town of Cannes. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

Gerald Darmanin said the mosque in the seaside city of Cannes was also guilty of supporting CCIF and BarakaCity, two associations that the government dissolved at the end of last year for spreading “Islamist” propaganda.

Darmanin told broadcaster CNews that he had consulted with the mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, before shutting down the mosque.

The move comes two weeks after authorities closed a mosque in the north of the country because of what they said was the radical nature of its imam’s preaching.

The mosque in Beauvais, a town of 50,000 people some 100 kilometres north of Paris, was shut for six months because the sermons there incited hatred and violence and “defend jihad”, authorities said.

Last October, a mosque in Allonnes, 200 kilometres west of Paris, was closed also for six months for sermons defending armed jihad and “terrorism”, according to regional authorities.

The French government announced last year that it would step up checks of places of worship and associations suspected of spreading radical Islamic propaganda.

The crackdown came after the October 2020 murder of teacher Samuel Paty, who was targeted following an online campaign against him for having shown controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo during a civics class.

In the interview on Wednesday, the interior minister said that 70 mosques in France were considered to be “radicalised”.

According to the ministry, there are a total of 2,623 mosques and Muslim prayer halls in the country.