TOURISTS fear the holy water at Notre Dame cathedral may have been poisoned after complaining of “tingling faces”.
Catholic churchgoers suffered headaches after attending a church service at the Paris landmark on Saturday, according to reports.
Getty – Contributor Visitors to Notre Dame in Paris complained their faces were left tingling, amid fears the holy water was poisoned
A police source told Le Parisien: “They complained of tingling in the face after signing themselves with the holy water at the entrance of the church.”
Others claimed the water was giving off a foul smell.
Suspecting sabotage, a priest reported the “poisoning” to police.
Officers investigated but deemed there to be no risk to public.
Cathedral officials discarded all holy water and scrubbed basins with bleach to be sure they had removed the threat.
Getty – Contributor One priest described the reports as an ‘act of malice’
The local mayor, Ariel Weil, said: “If it is a desecration, we will seize the subject with the greatest gravity.
“We will go to the end of this case.”
A priest was reported as saying: “It is unfortunately an act of malice.