Heard in the National Assembly, Darmanin said that in 15 days the dissolution of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), announced after the assassination of Professor Samuel Paty on October 16, will be examined. Paty was beheaded in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, near Paris, by a young Muslim of Chechen origin on the grounds that he had shown students, in a lesson on freedom of expression, caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, according to Agerpres.
The decisions of the Paris Council of Ministers will be taken in the context of diplomatic tensions with Turkey over the treatment of Muslims in France.
The Gray Wolves have been indicted for last week’s incidents between the Turkish and Armenian communities in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon. The conflict between Turks and Armenians intensified after the outbreak of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, in which the Azerbaijani side is supported by Turkey.
Last Wednesday, law enforcement intervened in Decines-Charpieu to prevent about 250 Turks from attacking Armenians. A few hours earlier, a fight between members of the two communities had resulted in four people injured, one of them in serious condition.
On Saturday night, the genocide memorial and the National Center for Armenian Memory near Lyon were desecrated, and the inscription “Gray Wolves” appeared on the buildings.
The group is known to be close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who recently expressed doubts about the “mental health” of his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron.
The Gray Wolves became known in the 1970s and 1980s, following violent actions against left-wing militants. They use as a sign of recognition a gesture of the hand with the thumb together with the middle and the ring.