French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanan announced on Monday that he had ordered the closure of a mosque in the suburbs of Paris, after he shared on his page a video clip denouncing the lesson in which cartoons of the noble Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, were shown by Samuel Bate, the teacher who was killed Friday.
“I asked the governor of Sen-Saint-Denis to close the Bantan mosque,” the minister said on the television channel TF1 (TF1), indicating that the police chief would “this evening sign the ban.”
On Monday, the French authorities launched a security campaign against dozens of individuals associated with Islamic societies, and vowed to wage a “battle against the enemies of the republic,” 3 days after the killing of teacher Samuel Patti, which led to the arrest of new individuals.
Police arrested 15 people, including 4 students, and were questioned by anti-terror investigators who are trying – according to what French media say – to find out whether the murderer – an 18-year-old Russian Chechen who was killed by the police – was linked to other individuals.
“It is clear that they issued a fatwa against the teacher,” Interior Minister Gerard Darmanan told “Europe 1” radio, referring to the two arrested suspects.
The two men are among 11 people arrested pending investigation into the attack carried out by a Chechen youth in advance of beheading the teacher.
Darmanan stated that the operations target dozens of individuals who are not necessarily connected to the investigation of the murder of history teacher Samuel Patti, but aim to pass a message that “we will not let the enemies of the republic rest for one minute.”
He also confirmed that more than 80 investigations were opened regarding “hate” on the Internet, targeting everyone who expressed his regret and said in one way or another that the teacher brought the matter to himself, “confirming that arrests have occurred.
And in context sameOn Sunday, a police source said that the Ministry of the Interior is preparing to expel 231 foreigners on the watch list, on suspicion of adopting “extremist religious beliefs,” two days after the incident of a teacher slaughtering a teacher who offered his students drawings that insulted the noble Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.