Officials say that several hundred tombs of Muslim soldiers have been desecrated in northern France in an act the French president is denouncing as "repugnant racism." The early Monday desecration near the town of Arras comes at the start of Eid al-Adha, the most important holiday in the Muslim calendar. The regional administration for the Pas-de-Calais region says "several hundred" tombs were damaged in the Muslim section of the national Notre-Dame-de-Lorette cemetery. Soldiers who fought in World War I are buried there. A statement by President Nicolas Sarkozy says the "abject and revolting act" equates with "repugnant racism against France's Muslim community" and insults the memory of all World War I combatants.