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Police Arrest Man for Drawing Swastikas Near Louvre

Police Arrest Man for Drawing Swastikas Near Louvre

Wednesday, 14 October, 2020 - 06:15
Illustrative: A swastika is seen on a sidewall of a former synagogue in Mommenheim, eastern France, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Paris authorities on Sunday arrested a man suspected of spraying swastikas on columns near the world-famous Louvre museum in the city's historic center, prosecutors said.

According to AFP, the red paint swastikas were spotted along the upscale Rue de Rivoli artery in central Paris early on Sunday morning, leading passers-by to post pictures on social media.

Security officers arrested the man, the Paris mayor's office said on Twitter, while prosecutors said that he was being investigated for property damage.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin lamented the foul Nazi swastikas in the middle of Paris but praised the officers for reacting quickly.

"Cleaning teams will be on the scene quickly to eliminate all trace of these messages," city hall said. A source close to the probe told AFP that the suspect was born in Georgia in the Caucasus region in 1989.

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