France bans Islamist group after murder of teacher – government spokesman

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PARIS (Reuters) – France to ban an Islamist group named the late Cheikh Yassin as part of a crackdown on activists over the murder of a French schoolteacher last week, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday .

Samuel Paty was beheaded on October 16 by an 18-year-old of Chechen descent seeking revenge for his victim’s use of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons in a free speech class. The police shot the attacker down.

“It’s a battle for security, culture and education,” Attal said.

The banned group is named after Sheikh Yassin, a Palestinian Muslim leader and co-founder of the Hamas movement, assassinated in 2004. Hamas has denied any connection with the French group.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Edited by Gareth Jones

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