The statue dedicated to Missak Manouchian and his resistance group was profaned in Marseille. It was tagged with swastika the night of June 26, AFP reports.
The Armenian community of Marseille strongly condemned the desecration of the bust of the installed in a square in the city.
“The swastika drawn on the bust of Missak Manouchian is a reminder of the atrocities generated by intolerance, hatred and racism,” the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF) said in a statement.
CCAF reminded that Manouchian’s network consisted of “Christians, Jews, atheists from Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, Italy and Armenia, who gave their lives for a world of freedom, peace and brotherhood.”
“The CCAF strongly condemns the desecration that is an affront to all those who love justice and freedom and asks public authorities to make every effort to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous act are sought and punished,” the statement reads.
The President of South CCAF Marseille Province, Jacques Donabedian, told AFP they planned to lodge a complaint in the coming days.