French President Emmanuel Macron decided to strengthen school security and monitor “extremist Islamic propaganda” on the Internet, after an 18-year-old person of Chechen origin, last Friday, beheaded a history teacher in a Paris suburb.
The French presidency said that Macron, after a meeting attended by 6 ministers and the General Prosecutor for Combating Terrorism, Jean-Francois Ricard, ordered that “concrete measures be taken” quickly against extremist Islamic propaganda on the Internet, calling for quick steps to be taken “and not to give any room to those who organize themselves in order to stand up to the republican system.” .
On Friday afternoon, history and geography teacher Samuel Patti – a 47-year-old head of a family – was killed near the institute where he taught in the Conflans-Saint-Honorine region in the western suburb of Paris, for showing offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad – may God bless him and grant him peace – to his students in the classroom.
Later, his attacker, Abdullah Anzurov, a Russian refugee of Chechen origin, was killed by police bullets.
Macron wants to enhance the security of schools and their surroundings before the start of the school year on November 2, through measures that are supposed to last two weeks.
The presidency indicated that Interior and Justice Ministers Gerald Darmannan and Eric Dupont Moretti submitted a “plan of action to be implemented during the week”, according to which “concrete measures” would be taken against any groups and people close to “extremist circles” who spread hate calls that could encourage attacks.
And “appropriate measures” will be taken against a number of associations after their scrutiny, pending a bill against “radical Islam” that would expand the scope of reasons for dissolving associations.
Macron also decided to act immediately against all those who supported the attack on social networks.
The Elysee said that “since Friday, the Pharos platform (to report incidents) has identified 80 messages in support of the attacker’s actions,” provided that, starting Monday, measures are taken by the police or the gendarmerie, such as summons or house raids.
Honoring the dead
On Sunday, thousands gathered across France in honor of teacher Samuel Patty.
In Paris, demonstrators gathered in the Place de la Republique, and the crowd chanted, “I am Samuel,” and “freedom of expression and freedom of teaching,” amid applause from time to time.
Several political figures from all walks of life participated in the gathering, including Prime Minister Jean Castex, the Socialist Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, Valerie Piccress, the right-wing president of the Ile-de-France region that includes Paris, and the leader of the radical left, Jean-Luc Melanchon.
And the former socialist president Francois Hollande joined the gathering.