Nun attacks environmental protesters at construction site in southern France

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Do you know the story about the nun who attacked a male protester?

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No, it’s not a joke; it really happened in the south of France and thus became a viral video, Fox News reported.

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The French nun attacked the environmental protester on Saturday outside a construction site for a new religious center in Saint-Pierre-de-Colombier, about 300 km northwest of the French Riviera.

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Members of the eco-group Les Amis de la Bourges, which means “Friends of the Village” in English, protested against the construction, claiming the construction endangers several rare plant species.

The construction site was surrounded by a human chain of nuns from the Missionary Family of Notre Dame who tried to block the environmental group, and one of the sisters eventually lunged at a protester who was running away with what appeared to be construction materials.

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“I didn’t expect this,” Sylvain Herenguel, co-president of Les Amis de la Bourges, told public broadcaster France 3.

“I expected the nuns to be a little sensible about public order. The problem is that the religious people have decided to resort to violence. I was attacked three times by five people who grabbed me and wanted to throw me out. They decided to protect the site with their actions and their bodies.”


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The environmental group told Fox News Digital that construction will be paused until all environmental approvals are received.

Construction originally began in December 2018 with plans for a basilica to accommodate 3,500 people, but by June 2020 activists had established a zone around the area, which eventually led to construction being halted in October of that year.

However, after additional environmental studies, construction resumed until 2022.

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