On October 22, 1988, Christian fundamentalists associated with the French National Front launched a Molotov cocktail attack inside the Saint Michel theatre in Paris. In the subsequent fire, thirteen people were injured, four with serious burns.
The attack was the result of the theatre’s screening of the film The Last Temptation of Christ. The Archbishop of Paris condemned the attack but also condemned the film saying, “One doesn’t have the right to shock the sensibilities of millions of people for whom Jesus is more important than their father or mother.”
The Minister of Culture at the time said, “Freedom of speech is threatened, and we must not be intimidated by such acts.”
Similar attacks in France in protest of the film included graffiti, the use of tear-gas and stink bombs, and assault.