On Saturday a man attacked the astronomical clock located inside the Saint-Jean [John the Baptist] cathedral in the 5th district.
Armed with an iron bar, he struck several blows against this 14th century clock. Part of its exterior was broken, as well as two of its hands. For this reason it will not function for some time.
The man is a 28-year-old Iranian. He explained that the beauty of the clock prevented believers from concentrating on their prayers. His detention has been extended awaiting the results of a psychological evaluation.