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A man was arrested in Castelnau-le-Lez (Hérault): he is suspected of being the author of the degradation, on two statues of the Virgin, in Montaud (Hérault) and in Sumène (Gard), learned

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from the gendarmerie services.

Some of the statues had been destroyed with stones.

Hérault: the author of the vandalism of the statues of the Virgin of Montaud and Sumène arrested https://t.co/Y5SdICXcjC pic.twitter.com/N3Igj5Wk7v

- France 3 Occitanie (Toulouse) (@ France3MidiPy) October 28, 2020

A craftsman will rebuild the statue of Montaud

He was taken into custody, and will be tried in March, before the criminal court.

The statue of Montaud was "pulverized into twenty pieces", laments the mayor of the town, Joël Raymond.

The elected representative also indicates that a craftsman from Tarn-et-Garonne has offered to rebuild it entirely, and for free.


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