Incident Summary:

03/17/2019: Assailants set fire to the Church of St. Sulpice in 6e arrondissement, Paris, France. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of anti-Christian extremists.

GTD ID:
201903170026

When:
2019-03-17

Country:
France

Region:
Western Europe

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Ile-de-France

City:
Paris

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 6e arrondissement neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Church of Saint Sulpice
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been a "settling of scores between the homeless."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Christian extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Catholic Churches are Being Desecrated across France—and Officials Don't Know Why," MSNBC Newsweek, March 21, 2019.