The French authorities launched a massive police operation on Monday against the Islamist movement, after Friday‘s beheading of a professor of history and geography who was the victim of a fatwa, according to the Minister of the Interior, for showing his students cartoons of the prophet of Islam.
In the viewfinder: “dozens of individuals” who are not “necessarily linked to the investigation” but to whom the government “obviously wants to send a message: (…) not a minute’s respite for the enemies of the Republic”, said the minister, Gérald Darmanin, on radio Europe 1.
According to a source close to the file, these are people known to the intelligence services for radical preaching and hate messages on social networks.
Since the assassination of Samuel Paty, who taught at Conflans Sainte-Honorine, west of Paris, “more than 80 investigations” have also been opened against “all those who apologically explained in one way or another that this professor had sought him well,” said Mr. Darmanin, claiming that arrests had taken place.
The assassination of Samuel Paty caused an electroshock in France.
On Sunday, tens of thousands of people protested in the country, defending freedom of expression and saying no to “obscurantism”, while President Emmanuel Macron held a defence council in the evening, during which he hammered: “Fear will change sides”; “Islamists must not be able to sleep quietly in our country “, according to the presidential palace of the Elysée.
At the end of a 2h30 meeting with Prime Minister Jean Castex, five ministers as well as the anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-François Richard, the Head of State announced an “action plan” against “structures, associations or people close to radicalized circles” and propagating hate speech.
According to Mr. Darmanin, 51 associations “will see a number of visits by State services throughout the week and several of them will be dissolved in the Council of Ministers”. In particular, the minister wants to dissolve the Collectif contre l‘Islamophobie en France (CCIF) — “a number of elements allow us to think that it is an enemy of the Republic” — and the humanitarian association Baraka City, founded by Muslims with a Salafist profile.
A “fatwa” against the teacher
Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, for his part, summoned public prosecutors on Monday morning, in order, in particular, to ensure, according to his entourage, “perfect collaboration with the prefects and the internal security forces in the implementation and monitoring of the measures required by the situation”.
The Minister of the Interior also accused the father of a collegiate girl from Conflans Saint-Honorine and radical Islamist activist Abdelhakim Sefrioui of “obviously launching a fatwa” against Mr. Paty for showing cartoons of Mohammed in class.
The two men who had launched a mobilization campaign to denounce the professor’s initiative, are among the eleven people held in police custody in the investigation into this attack perpetrated on Friday by an 18-year-old Russian Chechen.
The latter Abdullakh Anzorov, born in Moscow, was killed by nine bullets by the police.
Investigators seek to find out whether he was “piloted” or whether he himself decided to attack the professor.
On Monday at 15:00 (13:00 GMT), imams must gather in front of the college of Conflans Sainte-Honorine, the mayor of the commune told AFP.
At the same time, the government hopes to address the concerns of a highly shaken educational community by strengthening school safety in the early school year after the fall break.
Chance of the calendar, the Senate must consider from Monday a bill of the party The Republicans (right), a majority in the upper house, which aims to enshrine in the Constitution the primacy of the rules of the Republic.