Painted crosses near the Louvre

On Sunday, Paris authorities arrested a man suspected of drawing swastikas on columns near the famous Louvre museum in the historic center, a public prosecutor said.

Painted red swastikas were seen along the upscale Rue de Rivoli in central Paris early Sunday, prompting passersby to post pictures on social media.

The Paris mayor’s office said on Twitter that security had arrested the man, while prosecutors said he was under investigation for property damage.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he regretted the drawing of Nazi swastikas in central Paris, but praised the security forces for their quick response.

The city council said cleaning teams would soon come to remove all traces of the messages.

A source close to the investigation told AFP that the suspect was born in Georgia, in the Caucasus region, in 1989

 

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