Police operations have been carried out since Monday morning and will continue in the coming days against “dozens of individuals” from the Islamist movement, announced the Minister of the Interior.
These operations, decided following the Defense Council held on Sunday, do not target individuals “necessarily linked to the investigation” into the assassination of Samuel Paty but aim to “convey a message: (…) not a minute’s respite for the enemies of the Republic “, said Gérald Darmanin on Europe 1, without giving further details.
Since the assassination of Professor de Conflans Saint-Honorine on Friday, “more than 80 investigations” have also been opened for online hatred and arrests have taken place, added the minister, who said he wanted to dissolve several associations including the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF).
“51 associative structures will see a certain number of visits from state services all week long and several of them, on my proposal, will be dissolved in the Council of Ministers,” announced Gérald Darmanin.
The minister said he wanted the CCIF to be dissolved, according to him “clearly involved” and of which “a certain number of elements allow us to think that it is an enemy of the Republic”. It “affects state aid, tax deductions and denounces state Islamophobia”.
He also cited the NGO Baraka City, founded by Muslims with a Salafist profile, whose President Driss Yemmou was placed under judicial supervision on Thursday as part of an investigation for harassment on social networks.
The association, whose Facebook account is followed by more than 715,000 people, arouses strong enthusiasm among many young believers but also suspicion for its sometimes radical positions.
The minister also considered that the father of a college student from Conflans Saint-Honorine and the radical Islamist activist Abdelhakim Sefrioui “clearly launched a fatwa” against Professor Samuel Paty for showing caricatures of Muhammad in class.
The two men are among the eleven people held in custody in the investigation into the attack perpetrated Friday by an 18-year-old Chechen Russian.