France pays national tribute on Wednesday to Samuel Paty, the history professor beheaded on Friday in an attack that shocked the country, while seven people, including two minors, will be presented during the day to a judge for "complicity in assassination terrorist ”.
Among these seven suspects, two minors aged 14 and 15 are accused of having appointed the teacher to Abdullakh Anzorov, the murderer, a young refugee of Chechen Russian origin, in exchange for
300 to 350 euros, said the counterterrorism prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard.
According to the prosecutor, Abdoullakh Anzorov, who killed the teacher in the middle of the street, had told the college students that he wanted
humiliate and hit Samuel Paty and
force him to ask forgiveness for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
Prosecuting young minors in a terrorist case is not something new, but questions, commented the prosecutor.
Among the other suspects brought to justice is Brahim C. a parent of a student who had posted videos calling for popular reprisals against the teacher. The father reproached him in particular for having shown caricatures of Muhammad in class.
A few days after the videos were broadcast, Samuel Paty was murdered by Abdullakh Anzorov, who himself was later shot dead by the police.
Brahim C. is accused, like the Islamist activist Abdelhakim Sefrioui, of having
specifically designated the professor as a target on social networks.
The investigators of the counterterrorism services are also interested in messages exchanged on WhatsApp between this father and the attacker.
Three friends of the murderer, one of whom was suspected of having brought him to the scene of the murder and another of having accompanied him at the time of the purchase of his weapon, will also be heard by a judge.
In an audio message in Russian authenticated by a source familiar with the matter, Abdullakh Anzorov said he had
avenged the prophet Mohammed, reproaching the professor for having
The young man is out of breath in this message, which is punctuated by references to the Koran.
Brothers, pray that Allah will accept me as a martyr, he blurted out.
Nine other people in custody were released overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, including three schoolchildren, the parents, the murderer's grandfather and younger brother as well as Abdelhakim Sefrioui's companion.
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Emmanuel Macron will chair the tribute to the professor
The emotion created by this drama is still alive in France, and a national tribute chaired by Emmanuel Macron must be paid to Samuel Paty at the end of the day in the courtyard of the Parisian university of the Sorbonne, a symbolic place of the 'education. The professor is expected to receive the Legion of Honor posthumously.
After the arrival of the coffin, a song will be interpreted by the orchestra of the Republican Guard and two texts will be read by students and teachers. The Head of State will then deliver a brief speech, followed by a minute's silence.
At the same time, the government apparatus continues its all-out offensive against people and structures suspected of acquaintances with Islamists, Emmanuel Macron having promised Tuesday to
step up actions.
In the sights of the authorities is found in particular the pro-Palestinian collective Cheikh Yassine, created by Abdelhakim Sefrioui and dissolved Wednesday in the Council of Ministers.
The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas said in a statement that it had
no link with this organization and even less with its leader.
About fifty other French associations deemed close to radical Islamism could be closed.
The Pantin mosque, which brings together more than 1,300 worshipers north of Paris, will close its doors Wednesday evening for six months. Its officials are accused of having relayed Brahim C.'s video on Facebook.
The French authorities have promised
a war against the enemies of the Republic.
The question is not whether there will be an attack, but when? insisted the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin.
This assassination is part of a
context of calls to murder launched since the republication of the cartoons of Muhammad by Charlie hebdo early September before the opening of the trial on the January 2015 attacks.
A chopper attack was carried out on September 25 in front of the former premises of the satirical newspaper and
three communications Al-Qaeda and its Yemeni branch who incited the murder of the people behind the rebroadcasting of these cartoons were broadcast.
About fifteen surveys for facts of
apology for terrorism, of
death threats or from
provocation crimes have been open since the assassination of the professor, also announced the Paris prosecutor's office.