French authorities stated Tuesday they’d shut a Paris mosque in a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a instructor who had proven his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
The mosque in a densely-populated suburb northeast of Paris had printed a video on its Fb web page days earlier than Friday’s ugly homicide, railing towards instructor Samuel Paty’s alternative of fabric for a category dialogue on freedom of expression, stated a supply near the investigation.
The inside ministry stated the mosque in Pantin, which has some 1,500 worshippers, can be shut on Wednesday evening for six months.
Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin has vowed there can be “not a minute’s respite for enemies of the Republic”.
The order got here after police on Monday launched a collection of raids concentrating on Islamist networks, primarily within the Paris area.
Paty, 47, was attacked on his approach house from the junior highschool the place he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40 kilometres northwest of the capital.
A photograph of the instructor and a message confessing to his homicide was discovered on the cell phone of his killer, 18-year-old Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov, who additionally posted photos of the decapitated physique on Twitter.
Anzorov was shot useless by police.
– On-line marketing campaign –
Training Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer stated Tuesday that Paty can be posthumously bestowed France’s highest order of advantage, the Legion of Honour, for having been “martyred” due to his career.
The homicide was preceded by a fierce on-line marketing campaign towards Paty and the varsity, led by the daddy of a schoolgirl who accused the instructor of disseminating “pornography” for exhibiting a cartoon of the prophet bare.
The college stated Paty had given Muslim pupils the selection to go away the classroom.
The daddy who posted the video shared by the Pantin mosque is amongst 15 folks arrested after the killing, together with a recognized Islamist radical and 4 members of Anzorov’s household.
Darmanin accused the daddy and the novel of getting issued a “fatwa” towards the instructor.
On Tuesday, the top of the Pantin mosque, M’hammed Henniche, stated he had shared the video to not “validate” the criticism in regards to the cartoons, however out of concern that Muslim kids had been singled out in school.
4 pupils suspected of accepting fee for pointing Paty out to his killer had been additionally taken into custody Monday.
– ‘Carried out by thugs’ –
Junior inside minister Marlene Schiappa was to fulfill the French bosses of social media networks Tuesday to debate bolstering the “battle towards cyber-Islamism”.
Paty’s killing has drawn parallels with the 2015 bloodbath at French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, the place 12 folks, together with cartoonists, had been gunned down for publishing cartoons of Mohammed.
Tens of 1000’s of individuals took half in rallies countrywide on Sunday to honour Paty and defend freedom of expression, whereas Muslim leaders gathered at his college Monday to supply condolences and distance their faith from the atrocity.
French President Emmanuel Macron threatened that “concern is about to vary sides” within the new anti-Islamist marketing campaign.
Paty’s beheading was the second knife assault since a trial began final month over the Charlie Hebdo killings.
Within the September assault, two folks had been wounded outdoors the publication’s former workplaces.
A silent march is deliberate for Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Tuesday night in homage to Paty, whereas parliament will observe a minute of silence within the afternoon.
Macron will attend an official homage with Paty’s household Wednesday on the Sorbonne college.
Blanquer added that faculties countrywide will observe a minute’s silence for Paty when pupils return after the autumn break, and a particular lesson on the current occasions might be taught in all courses.
Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti on Tuesday denied there had been any failure on the a part of intelligence companies.
“That is an insidious struggle,” he informed France Inter. “There’s organised terrorism that’s monitored by our companies, after which there’s a younger man of 18 who was not on the radar of the intelligence companies and who dedicated this abominable act within the identify of misguided faith.”
In the meantime, Paris prosecutors stated that they had opened an investigation right into a French neo-Nazi web site hosted overseas that republished the picture of Paty’s decapitated corpse posted to Twitter by the killer.
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