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World France closes Paris mosque in clampdown over teacher's beheading

12:45  20 october  2020
12:45  20 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque as part of a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The mosque in a densely-populated suburb northeast of

French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque in a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading AFP 10/20/2020 AFP. © GEORGES GOBET Tens of thousands rallied across France on Sunday in solidarity with the murdered teacher .

French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque as part of a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

a group of people posing for a photo: Muslim leaders gathered ouside Paty's school to offer condolences and distance their religion from the atrocity © Anne-Christine POUJOULAT Muslim leaders gathered ouside Paty's school to offer condolences and distance their religion from the atrocity a group of people posing for the camera: Police observe a minute's silence in Bordeaux in homage to history teacher Samuel Paty © Philippe LOPEZ Police observe a minute's silence in Bordeaux in homage to history teacher Samuel Paty

The mosque in a densely-populated suburb northeast of Paris had disseminated a video on its Facebook page days before Friday's gruesome murder, railing against teacher Samuel Paty's choice of material for a class discussion on freedom of expression, said a source close to the investigation.

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The announcement came as the authorities ordered the closure of a Paris mosque that posted a video criticising the teacher for discussing cartoons of Brahim Chnina, whose daughter attends Mr Paty' s school, had posted videos identifying the teacher and is one of 16 people under arrest over the killing.

PARIS : French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque as part of a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The mosque in a densely-populated suburb

a group of people standing in front of a large crowd of people with Buckingham Palace in the background: France teacher attack: Rallies held to support beheaded Samuel Paty © June RACLET France teacher attack: Rallies held to support beheaded Samuel Paty

The interior ministry said the mosque in Pantin, which has some 1,500 worshippers, would be shut on Wednesday night for six months.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who vowed Monday there would be "not a minute's respite for enemies of the Republic", had asked regional authorities to carry out the mosque closure.

And on Monday, police launched a series of raids targeting Islamist networks.

Paty, 47, was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Paris.

a group of people standing around a fire hydrant: Samuel Paty was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in a Paris suburb © Anne-Christine POUJOULAT Samuel Paty was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in a Paris suburb

A photo of the teacher and a message confessing to his murder was found on the mobile phone of his killer, 18-year-old Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov, who also posted images of the decapitated body on Twitter.

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PARIS (Reuters) - France ordered the temporary closure of a mosque outside Paris on Tuesday, part of a crackdown on Muslims who incite hatred after the decapitation of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. The Grand Mosque of Pantin, a low-income suburb on the

French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque in a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The move came as the investigation revealed the killer had been

- Online campaign -

The murder was preceded by a fierce online campaign against Paty and the school, led by the father of a schoolgirl who accused the teacher of disseminating "pornography" for showing a cartoon of the prophet naked.

a group of people in front of a large crowd of people: Tens of thousands rallied across France on Sunday in solidarity with the murdered teacher © GEORGES GOBET Tens of thousands rallied across France on Sunday in solidarity with the murdered teacher

The school said Paty had given Muslim pupils the choice to leave the classroom, but the lesson nevertheless caused an uproar.

The father who posted the video shared by the Pantin mosque is among 15 people arrested after the killing, along with a known Islamist radical and four members of Anzorov's family.

Darmanin accused the father and the radical of having issued a "fatwa" against the teacher.

On Tuesday, the head of the Pantin mosque, M'hammed Henniche, said he had shared the video not to "validate" the complaint about the cartoon, but out of concern for Muslim children being singled out in class.

A gruesome murder in France rekindles the country’s debate on free speech and Islam

  A gruesome murder in France rekindles the country’s debate on free speech and Islam Muslims in France have been pressured to assimilate into the country’s secular culture. But at what cost?History and geography teacher Samuel Paty, 47, brought scrutiny this month when he showed his 12- to 14-year-old students two caricatures of Muhammad published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo — the same images that in 2015 inspired jihadists to kill 11 staff members at the magazine and six others in Paris. Parents and teachers at the school, located just 20 miles outside the capital, said Paty gave his Muslim pupils the opportunity to leave the classroom or look away so as not to anger them.

French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque as part of a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The mosque in a densely-populated suburb northeast of

French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque in a clampdown on radicalism that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Four pupils suspected of accepting payment for pointing Paty out to his killer were also in custody Monday.

Tens of thousands of people took part in rallies countrywide on Sunday to honour Paty and defend freedom of expression.

- 'Carried out by thugs' -

Darmanin vowed the government would also tighten its grip on charities with suspected links to Islamist networks.

The killing has drawn parallels with the 2015 massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 12 people, including cartoonists, were gunned down for publishing cartoons of Mohammed.

French teachers have long complained of tensions around religion and identity spilling over into the classroom.

Emotions ran high outside Paty's school on Monday, where Muslim leaders gathered to offer condolences and distance their religion from the atrocity.

"It is very important to come here to show our sorrow, to show that what happened here is not Islam. It was done by thugs who have nothing to do with Islam," said Kemadou Gassama, a Paris imam.

The political temperature is also rising, with French President Emmanuel Macron promising that "fear is about to change sides" in a new anti-Islamist campaign.

Far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen -- likely to face Macron in a 2022 presidential election -- has called for "wartime legislation" and an immediate moratorium on immigration.

Paty's beheading was the second knife attack since a trial started last month over the Charlie Hebdo killings.

In the September attack, two people were wounded outside the publication's former offices.

A silent rally is being planned for Tuesday evening in homage to Paty, and Macron will attend a ceremony organised with the teacher's family on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Paris prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into a French neo-Nazi website hosted abroad that republished the photo of Paty's decapitated corpse posted to Twitter by the killer.

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