France hit by fresh graveyard vandalism

- Normandy cemetery vandalized just few days after more than 200 graves at a Jewish cemetery in the Sarre-Union district of Alsace, eastern France, were desecrated.

PARIS (AA) – A cemetery in northwestern France has been vandalized only days after 200 graves at a Jewish cemetery in the east of the country were desecrated.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who expressed his "outrage" at the attack on Tuesday evening, confirmed that the destruction had taken place in the 350-strong village of Tracy-sur-Mer, Normandy.

Local police discovered the damage.

"Dozens of the graves' crucifixes have been displaced, some of them returned and planted in the ground," said the minister in a statement.

"Everything will be done to identify and bring to justice everyone responsible of these outrageous acts which violate our values," Cazeneuve said.

The incident comes just few days after more than 200 graves at a Jewish cemetery in the Sarre-Union district of Alsace, eastern France, were vandalized.

Speaking at the cemetery on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said: "The Republic will act firmly against such acts."

Five teenagers from the area, aged between 15 and 17, were detained and questioned over the vandalism on Monday.

Three have been released while the other two remain in custody.

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