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Italian writes anti-Islam graffiti on Palace of the Popes

Faces seven years prison in France

14 August, 15:46
Italian writes anti-Islam graffiti on Palace of the Popes (ANSA) - Paris, August 14 - An Italian man "regrets" writing anti-Islamic graffiti on the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, prosecutors told ANSA Wednesday. Francesco Cattaneo, 31, is scheduled to appear before judges Wednesday for marking the walls of the former papal fortress with Islamophobic phrases, punishable in France with up to seven years in prison. "He was driven by rage," said prosecutors, referring to a dispute with a group of people from North Africa. "But it doesn't appear that he has any particularly Islamophobic ideology. He felt offended. He knows he went too far and regrets his actions". He was arrested overnight Tuesday.

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