Anti-Arab violence in Corsica follows mounting hate campaign

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“We have a big problem in this country and Corsica is a sad illustration of this,” said Laurent Marchangeli, mayor of the Corsican capital Ajaccio, speaking after a mob shouting racist slogans on Friday attacked a Muslim prayer room in the town and tried to burn copies of the Koran. “A strong hate, fanned by radicalized minds and also by politicians, threatens our unity. It lays claim to a land that is exclusively Christian, and condemns what is supposedly a rampant Islamisation of French society.”