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French security chief condemns anti-Muslim acts in Corsica

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France’s interior minister is seeking to halt violence in Corsica after protesters vandalized a Muslim prayer room in anger over an ambush of firefighters.

Bernard Cazeneuve, visiting the Corsican city of Ajaccio today, told reporters “there is no place in Corsica for violence or racism.” He said he “condemns with the greatest firmness” last week’s violence against firefighters and Muslim targets.

An ambush Thursday injured two firefighters in a housing project. The reason for the attack remains unclear.

The next day, hundreds demonstrated against the violence then a few dozen broke away and tried to vandalize a Muslim prayer room and a kebab shop.

The incidents on the independence-minded Mediterranean island reflect broader tensions after a string of extremist attacks by angry young French Muslims.