The french police has started an operation this Monday morning in France against “dozens of individuals” related to the islamist movement, has announced the Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, after affirming that the history professor beheaded on Friday had been the victim of a “fatwa”.
“They clearly issued a fatwa against the professor,” Darmanin told Europe 1 radio, pointing to the suspects in custody. More than 80 hate investigations after investigating the messages of apology of the crime that were emitted in social networks. The French police have carried out several arrests in relation to the murder, as explained by the minister. “There have already been arrests since Sunday. Since this morning, there are and will be police operations. They are many and affect dozens of individuals,” he said.
The National Antiterrorist Prosecutor’s Office is in charge of clarifying the details of the event in the framework of a open investigation for “murder with connection to a criminal terrorist association.” The alleged perpetrator of the attack, who would have resisted his arrest, was shot down by police in the neighboring commune of Eragny. The authorities were forced to establish an important security perimeter fearing the presence of explosive devices in the body of the aggressor.
In addition, the minister has advanced that the State services will do “visits“to associations linked to Islamic fundamentalism and that the Council of Ministers will decide the dissolution of some, at the request of the president, Emmanuel Macron. He specifically cited the Committee Against Islamophobia (ICC), an organization that has been in the sights of the authorities for a long time, but noted that there are “hundreds” of associations under the magnifying glass of Justice. The objective is “to send the message that whoever threatens the Republic will have no respite” from the Justice, said Darmanin.
In addition, the minister had already announced this Sunday that he had instructed the prefects (departmental police chiefs) to proceed with the expulsion of 231 foreigners residing illegally in the country and that they are listed for their Islamist radicalization. Of these, 180 are currently incarcerated.
Measures against Islamist terrorism
This police operation was announced a few hours after a meeting of the National Defense Council, headed by Macron, and in which measures on various fronts were studied to intensify the fight against Islamist terrorism.
The meeting outlined a plan that is expected to be presented in the coming days. One of its main points is to closely monitor individuals and associations that promote radical Islamist views, with more determined actions by the authorities.
The control of Islamist messages on social networks, with more means to follow up and act against their perpetrators. Another point includes reinforce surveillance and security in educational centers and the protection of teachers when problems related to radicalism arise.
In this sense, the Government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, on Sunday denounced in a television interview “the public lynching” that Paty suffered before her murder and asked for “an absolutely exemplary response” against its perpetrators.
The father of a student at the institute where Paty taught and a well-known Islamist activist released several videos on social networks against the teacher days before the murder, in which detailed personal information about him was disclosed.
One video even had the alleged testimony of a student who, in reality, never attended the class in which the Muhammad cartoons were shown.
Those two men “launched a fatwa against the professor,” Darmanin denounced.