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Two days after an Islamist of Russian origin beheaded a teacher, the French government is preparing to deport 231 foreigners for suspected extremist religious beliefs.Read also | Fatwa was launched against a beheaded teacher: French minister

French history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, in the northern suburbs of Paris, by an 18-year-old man who was later shot dead by police.

The attacker, who, according to witnesses, shouted “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great” after beheading Paty, was shot dead by police officers who responded.

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Paty had shown his class cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo magazine, which was attacked by Muslim extremists in 2015 because of the cartoons – killing 12 people and sparking massive protests at the time.

The murder sparked outrage in France and sparked condemnation from President Emmanuel Macron and political parties.

France defines extremists as “people who, engaged in a process of radicalization, are likely to want to go abroad to join terrorist groups or participate in terrorist activities”.

The centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron has come under pressure from conservative and far-right parties to take a stronger stance on non-nationals seen as a security threat.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin asked local prefects to order the evictions during a meeting on Sunday afternoon, according to the source and Europe 1.

Of the total number of suspects, 180 people are currently in prison and 51 are expected to be arrested in the next few hours, the police union source said.

Darmanin also asked the services of his ministry to examine more closely the applications of people wishing to obtain refugee status in France, the source said.

(With contributions from Reuters)


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