Alice Weidel speaking in the German Bundestag in March 2019. Photo: DOA
A leader of Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Tuesday tried to link the devastating fire at Paris's Notre-Dame cathedral to rising "intolerance" against Christians in Europe, although French investigators believe the inferno was an accident.
In a tweet, Alice Weidel, the parliamentary group leader of the Alternative
for Germany, the country's largest opposition party, implied a connection
between the blaze which broke out on Monday evening and previous
anti-Christian "attacks" in France.
"During Holy Week #NotreDame burns. March: second largest church
Saint-Sulpice burns. February: 47 attacks in France," Weidel wrote.
"The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in
Europe speaks of a significant increase," she added, including a link to a
March article in a German Catholic magazine headlined "Catholic churches
desecrated across France".
The Notre-Dame blaze, which brought the iconic building's towering spire
and roof crashing down, is being treated by French investigators as an
"involuntary fire" and they have advanced no other theory.
The cathedral had been undergoing intensive restoration work which
firefighters said could be linked to the inferno.
The brief fire on March 17th at Saint-Sulpice, a Roman Catholic church in
Paris, left no one hurt and little damage. Investigators have opened an
inquiry into the blaze.
The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in
Europe cited by Weidel is a non-governmental organisation based in Austria.
It told AFP by email that while a partner organization had found an increase in attacks on French churches Read More – Source