Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin said he intends to move swiftly in response to the killing of Samuel Paty, a history teacher who was beheaded by Abdoulakh Anzorov, a Chechen Muslim 18-year-old, after showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in class.
FOX News President Emmanuel Macron has called the killing an “Islamic terrorist attack.”
The primary response to the attack includes the deportation of 231
foreigners Muslims in the File of Alerts for the Prevention of Terrorist Attacks (FSPRT), which tracks radicalized activities, according to Europe 1.
Darmanin had planned to expel the people already, having traveled to Morocco the previous week to ask the government to accept nine of its radicalized nationals. He plans to meet with officials in Algeria and Tunisia to discuss similar deals.
On the list are 180 Muslims currently in prison and another 51 individuals who will be arrested shortly, officials said. More than 850 Muslim illegal immigrants are registered to the FSPRT, 24 News reported.
French authorities have already arrested 11 individuals in connection with the killing, the BBC reported, though it is not clear if they are also part of the planned expulsions.
Four close relatives of the Muslim suspect were detained shortly after the attack. Six more people were held on Saturday, including the Muslim father of a pupil at the school and a preacher described by French media as a radical Muslim.
Darmanin also plans to bring into focus the question of the right to asylum, since an 18-year-old Chechen Muslim invader, identified as Abdoulakh Anzorov, is suspected of killing Paty. The minister asked his services to more carefully examine people who wish to obtain refugee status in France.
French anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard has said a text claiming responsibility for the attack and a photograph of the victim were found on the suspect’s phone. A photo of Paty’s decapitated head was posted on a Twitter account that belonged to the suspect.
“I have executed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Mohammad down,” the message with the photo said, according to authorities.
When a teenager from a Chechen family beheaded a school teacher in France on Friday for sharing these images with his class, Ramzan Kadyrov (photo below), the Muslim ruler of Chechnya in Russia, took to social media to lecture France about its “unacceptable attitude to Islamic values.”
Daily Beast Kadyrov has worked hard to make the French controversy a cause célèbre in the Muslim-majority region of Russia. He gathered hundreds of thousands of Chechens for an anti-Charlie Hebdo rally, just a few days after terrorists killed 12 and injured 11 people at the satirical newspaper’s office in January 2015. Russia’s Interior Ministry said 800,000 people had attended the rally — about 60 percent of Chechnya’s population.
That was the biggest rally ever seen in the Northern Caucasus. With a white vest on, Kadyrov spoke to a crowd of about a million people, calling on Muslims to rise against those who “deliberately kindle the fire of religious hostility.”
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said he would die to protect prophet’s name in wake of Charlie Hebdo’s ‘vulgar’ images.
When Charlie Hebdo republished the cartoons on September 2 to mark the opening of a trial of those involved in the terror attack, Chechnya’s official Instagram account responded with a call in the Chechen language saying, “May the Almighty punish them for their deeds as quickly as possible.”
Two days later Chechen Islamic jurist Salakh Mezhiyev condemned the French publication as part of “the West’s well-planned attack against Islam.” A rain of angry statements followed, and Instagram users called to make Charlie Hebdo “burn in hell.”
Svetlana Gannushkina, the head of Moscow’s Civic Assistance Committee, said there could be no doubt what the Chechen leader was advocating. “The message Kadyrov has been sending his people is pretty clear, she told The Daily Beast. “He calls for Muslims to take measures against those mocking Muhammad.”
The son of a Chechen émigré family in the suburbs of Paris did just that on Friday.
Kadyrov’s influence stretched well beyond the republic’s borders. “It has to do with so-called ‘Kadyrovtsy,’ they are responsible for spreading intolerance, hatred of critical thinking,” he said. “The murder in France took place after Chechnya’s main mufti condemned Charlie Hebdo.”
Yekaterina Sokirianskaya, the founder of the Conflict Analysis and Prevention Center think tank said, “Judging by how much Anzorov rushed to photograph his beheaded victim and publish photographs on Twitter, he was prepared for a demonstratively violent act for some time, using the teacher as a pretext.”