The attack in a quiet town of Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, 50 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Paris, took place at 3:00 am, startling Cure as she slept above the store. As in other similar incidents around France over the last year, her tormentors left a tell-tale tag scrawled on the shopfront: “End the Repression”.
“That’s how I knew it was radical vegans,” she told AFP. Incidents of vandalism and intimidation have reached such a level that the country’s butchers’ confederation, representing 18,000 businesses, sounded the alarm publicly in June and asked the government for protection.
“Since the start of the year, we’ve seen 17 butcher shop windows destroyed and dozens of acts of vandalism,” Jean-Francois Guihard, head of the CFBCT confederation, told AFP.