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Grand Mosque President Dalil Boubakeur said the wall and door of the religious site was desecrated overnight Monday with an inscription "insulting to Muslims and Islam," the daily Ouest France reported.
"We deeply deplore the racist violence and hostility shown against the iconic institution of Islam in France that is the Mosque of Paris," he said in a statement.
Boubakeur indicated he had filed a complaint with the police commissioner of Paris' 5th arrondissement.
Abdallah Zekri, president of the French National Observatory Against Islamophobia, also condemned what he called a "heinous act."
Zekri's own residence in Nimes, France, was defaced by neo-Nazi and anti-Islamic graffiti last month.
Meanwhile, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe issued a statement expressing his "indignation and anger," adding, "tags that are abusive ... are both irresponsible and unacceptable."
The Grand Mosque was the scene of a call for religious tolerance during the Muslim Eid celebrations last month, when French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visited it to denounce Islamophobic acts.
Targeting a racial group for religious defamation is a crime punishable by a year in prison and a $60,000 fine under French law.
But despite the prohibitions, 201 such acts were recorded by the French anti-Islamophobia group in 2012 -- an increase of 28 percent over the previous year, the Algerian newsLast Mod: 21 Kasım 2013, 11:26