Accusations of arson in Nantes Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul XV century were brought against a 39-year-old refugee from Rwanda, reports Le Monde.
He faces a punishment of 10 years in prison and a fine of 150 thousand euros, quotes the prosecutor of Nantes.
The suspect, who helped in the parish, confessed that he started the fire on the main organ, the small organ and the electric panel.
The charges are for “damage or destruction of other persons’ property by fire”.
The Rwandan’s lawyer stated that his client was cooperating with the investigation. According to the lawyer, the man deeply repents of what he has done.
BFMTV, citing a source close to the investigation, said that the defendant has been in France since 2012 and was obliged to leave French territory at the end of 2019. His residence permit expired in March of this year and became null and void. Before the fire in the cathedral, the perpetrator had not been spotted in other violations of the law.