Samuel Paty Killing launches police raids across France after the beheading of the professor’s “Fatwa”


Police raided the homes of dozens of suspected Islamist activists across France on Monday in connection with the fatwa beheading murder of a teacher by a Chechen Muslim teenager. Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said around 80 online hate speech investigations were underway in France and more would take place. A police source told Reuters on Sunday evening that France was preparing to deport 231 foreigners on a government watch list for suspected extremist religious beliefs. Eleven people were in detention, including a parent from the school who Darmanin said is suspected of having called on social media for the murder of the educator on Friday.More than a million people demonstrated in cities across France on Sunday to show their support for free speech by Samuel Paty, the teacher who was attacked after showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to students as part of ‘a class discussion. Police say Paty, 47, a history and geography instructor, was hacked to death by an Islamist teenager after Muslim parents ran a social media campaign against him for showing the footage. Paty, the father of a 5-year-old boy, taught in a high school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on the outskirts of Paris. He was targeted by Abdullah Anzorov, an 18-year-old refugee, as he left school on Friday. Anzorov, who was shot dead by police after the murder, was born in Moscow to a family in Chechnya, the Muslim republic of Russia. His family moved to France at the age of 6. He lived in Evreux in Normandy and had no apparent connection with Paty. Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister of Education, who was among several cabinet members present at the protests, said: “A teacher has every right to show the cartoons.”


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