The Protestant temple in the town of Behren-lès-Forbach (Moselle) was engulfed in flames on Friday, August 28 in the evening. The fire broke out “in a meeting room in the basement, it was contained and there were no injuries,” said a source close to the investigation, insisting on the likely character ” voluntary “act.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin immediately reacted on his Twitter account. “I strongly condemn the damage and arson of the Protestant church in Behren-lès-Forbach. Everything is done to find the perpetrators of this unbearable act. Support for Protestants in France,” he wrote . For his part, the pastor of Forbach and Behren-lès-Forbach, who speaks of “vandalism” without religious motives, indicated that there had “been no damage in the prayer room”, only in one room. parish church with a kitchen “to organize parties”.
I strongly condemn the deliberate damage and burning of the Protestant church in Behren-lès-Forbach. Everything is done to find the perpetrators of this unbearable act. Support for Protestants in France.
About fifteen firefighters were however mobilized to extinguish the fire and an investigation was opened and entrusted to the gendarmerie.
No worship had been held in this temple built in the 1960s for several months due to the Covid-19 epidemic, with services being held in a larger temple in Forbach.
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