Gunfire sprays Corsican halal butcher's shop, kebab stand

PARIS -- A French official says a halal butcher's shop and a kebab stand on the French island of Corsica were sprayed with gunfire overnight.

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Eric Bouillard, the Ajaccio prosecutor, told the local Corse-Matin newspaper on Wednesday no one was hurt by the burst of gunfire that struck the two businesses in the town of Propriano.

Religious and social tensions have risen on the Mediterranean island since the late December ambush of firefighters in a housing project. The next day, hundreds of Corsicans demonstrated peacefully against the violence and a few dozen protesters, assuming that the assailants were Muslims, tried to burn Qurans in a Muslim prayer room and vandalized a kebab shop.

The island also periodically sees violence related to extortion and score-settling, and Bouillard said no motive has been established.



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