The investigations into the brutal death of the professor beheaded in the street in a nanny near Paris by an eighteen year old Chechen, have resulted in the arrest of a new subject, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, very active Islamic militant, member of the imams of France.
Sefrioui, accused of having instigated the protests against the victim, is the same one who on 8 October accompanied the father of a student from the principal of the school of Bois d’Aulne in Conflans-Saint-Honorine to ask for the exclusion from the school of the history and geography teacher Samuel Paty, guilty – according to them – of having shown the caricatures of Mohammed in the classroom in front of his daughter.
Paty, loved by many of his pupils, 47 years old, married with a son, had been at the center of a real social campaign of attack against him after some unwelcome lessons from the part of the Islamic community in which he was debating civics and freedom of expression.
Thus the number of people arrested in the investigation rises to eleven, all around the family of the 18-year-old killer. The pupil’s father, who later posted a video of the complaint against the professor on the Internet, is also among the people stopped by the police. It is currently unclear whether there is a direct link between Sefraoui and Abdoulakah Anzorov, the 18-year-old of Chechen origin who was killed by police after having beheaded Paty. However, his profile appears disturbing. Sefraoui has been known to French intelligence for years as an Islamist and anti-Israeli militant. Furthermore, the investigations show that the parent’s half-sister – said anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard – reached the Islamic State in Syria in 2014 and has been wanted ever since.
Ibrahim himself then denounced Samuel Paty ‘for showing child pornography images’, and in the following days the professor filed a complaint against the girl’s father for defamation. Apparently in the last few days the teacher was afraid, he knew about death threats and there were those who called him a racist.
Demonstrations in France
Today demonstrations were expected throughout the country following the killing of Samuel Paty, including in Paris where a mobilization is expected at Place de la Republique at around 3 pm. weekly Charlie Hebdo at the center of the attack as already happened in 2015, when two Islamic terrorists broke into the headquarters of the French satirical periodical, killing 12 people including journalists and employees. The #jesuisprof hashtag has become as popular as #JeSuisCharlie was
Other events also in Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Lille and Bordeaux.
The Elysée has also announced that a ceremony of “national homage” to Samuel Paty will be organized next Wednesday. This was indicated by the Elysée, quoted by the French media. The French presidency is organizing together with the victim’s family and the place where the ceremony will take place has not yet been disclosed. Last night, President Emmanuel Macron went to the school where Paty taught, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, from there he spoke of “a clear Islamic terrorist attack against the Republic”, adding to the press that “obscurantism will not win”.
The prefecture of Paris has meanwhile granted authorization for a demonstration in the central Place de la Republique, organized by teachers’ unions, civil society associations and the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. And closeness to all the professors was also expressed by the President of the European Commission Von Der Leyen.