French police on Monday raided Islamic associations and probed foreigners suspected of holding extremist religious beliefs — three days after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school in a Paris suburb.
Paty, 47, was murdered in broad daylight Friday by Abdoulakh Anzorov, 18, a Chechen refugee granted a 10-year residency in France this past March.
Following the attack, Anzorov confronted responding cops with an air-gun rifle — and shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic — as the officers opened fire, killing him.
Anzorov sought to avenge Paty’s use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in the nude during a class on freedom of expression for 13-year-olds. Muslims consider any depiction of the Prophet as blasphemous.
The cartoons in question were published by the magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by Muslim extremists in 2015 over the caricatures — leaving 12 people dead and prompting massive demonstrations at the time.
Public figures have called Friday’s killing an attack on the Republic and on French values.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that he was determining whether to disband about 50 associations within the Muslim community, and that some 80 investigations were being conducted into online hate.
“Police operations have taken place and more will follow, concerning tens of individuals,” the minister told Europe 1.
A police source said Sunday that the country was preparing to deport 213 foreigners on a government watchlist, suspected of holding extremist beliefs — about 150 of whom are serving jail sentences.
The deportations were already in the works before Friday’s attack, according to a security source.
In the 24 hours after Paty’s killing, 10 people were detained in connection to the attack.
Among them, according to prosecutors, was the father of a student at Paty’s school and another person on the radar of intelligence services, who allegedly used social media to campaign against the teacher.
The second person is identified by a judicial source as Moroccan-born Abdelhakim Sefriuoi, according to Reuters.
Sefriuoi has been on the French intelligence services watchlist for more than 15 years, according to security sources, and has used social media to fight against what he calls “Islamaphobia.”
Thousands marched in Paris Sunday in tribute to Paty, chanting “Je suis enseignant,” or “I am a teacher.”
With Post Wires