Charlie Hebdo shooting triggers violent anti-Muslim backlash in France

Members of the French technical and scientific police work at the site near a mosque in the Sablons neighborhood of Le Mans, western France, after shots were fired and three blank grenades were thrown at the mosque shortly after midnight, leaving no casualties. (AFP/Jean-Francois Monier)

Two mosques in France were fired upon overnight, leaving no casualties, prosecutors said earlier today.

Four training grenades were thrown into the courtyard of a mosque in the French city of Le Mans. One of the grenades exploded, but no injuries were reported. A bullet hole was also found in a window of the mosque.

In the Port-la-Nouvelle district near Narbonne in southern France, several shots were fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers. The hall was empty, the local prosecutor said.

An explosion at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone on Thursday morning also left no casualties. Local prosecutors have described it as a “criminal act”.

French police have noted several attacks against mosques since Wednesday, when gunmen opened fire on the Paris office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

France is on edge following the deadly assault by heavily armed gunmen on controversial Islamophobic magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday that left 12 dead.


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