Today, the French police revealed, in a statement today, Tuesday, that they will close a mosque in Paris in a campaign against radical Islam after the beheading of a teacher who had shown his students controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The move comes as police sources said that the killer had been in contact with his disgruntled father in the days leading up to the crime.
According to several sources familiar with the French police, the man who beheaded a French-language teacher for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in the classroom sent a message to one of the parents of the students who had complained about the pictures days before the attack.
According to police sources for French news agencies, the father - the father of a girl in the teacher's class - posted his phone number on Facebook and exchanged messages with the 18-year-old Chechen, Abdullah Anzurov, via WhatsApp in the days leading up to the crime. BFM television reported earlier on Tuesday that the father denounced the teacher in a video clip on social media and exchanging messages with the accused.
It is worth noting that the father, now in police custody, is behind an online campaign urging "mobilization" against the teacher.
It should be noted, that the murderer beheaded history teacher Samuel Patty on Friday outside his school in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine by an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin. Prosecutors said the attacker, who shot dead police soon after the attack, wanted to punish the teacher for showing his pupils caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a civics class on freedom of expression earlier this month.
On the other hand, prosecutors have confirmed that the father, who was detained by the police, posted a video on Facebook on October 8 stating that he wanted the teacher removed. The man also went to see the school principal to file a complaint and posted another video on Facebook, mentioning the teacher's name and identifying the school.
The police added, during their statement issued today, that the French police said that 16 people were still in detention as part of the investigation into the attack.
The murder shocked France, as it echoed the 2015 attack on the offices of satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine.
Public figures described the killing as an attack on the Republic and French values, and after her death, Patty is due to be awarded the Supreme Order of Honor in France.
A memorial parade is scheduled to take place Tuesday evening at Conflans-Saint-Honorine, hours after French lawmakers gathered for a ceremony and a minute of silence in the National Assembly.
"The enemy is here," Prime Minister Jean Castex told parliament shortly after MPs remained silent for a minute. "Radical Islam has permeated our society based on tolerance."
Prosecutors said the attacker approached the disciples outside the Collège du Bois d'Aulne and asked them to identify Patty when he left home. French media reported that four of those questioned were students who had accepted money from the killer. It was not clear if they knew his motives.