An Islamist group called Collectif contre l’islamophobie en France (collective against Islamophobia in France) has launched a smear campaign and pronounced a “ death curse ” on the French teacher killed in an attack last Friday, French interior minister Gérald Darmanin said Monday. He is investigating whether the group that pronounced the fatwa can be banned.
Meanwhile, more police operations are being launched, Darmanin said. According to news agency AFP homes are searched on dozens of people.
A fatwa is a decree issued by Muslim clerics telling how Muslims should behave. For example, it can be a ban on something, but also an appeal to kill someone.
History teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by an 18-year-old man of Chechen descent for showing caricatures of the prophet Mohammed during a lesson on freedom of expression.
The attacker was shot by the police and eleven other people are now detained on suspicion of involvement. This includes family members of the perpetrator and parents of the teacher’s students.
Thousands of French have marched for the teacher. They waved the French flag and signs with texts such as ‘Je suis Samuel’ (‘I am Samuel’) and ‘Je suis prof’ (‘I am a teacher’).
French president Emmanuel Macron has security at schools increased.