Pakistan’s University of Health Sciences Boycotts France over Mohammed Cartoons

Pakistan’s University of Health Sciences (UHS) in Lahore, one of the most important medical research universities in the country, announced on Thursday that it will boycott French research and academic institutions due to comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron after a Muslim immigrant beheaded a French teacher on October 16.  Muslims in many countries declared boycotts of French products

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India Arrests 2,000, Including Lawmaker, in Anti-French Muslim Mobs

Thousands of Muslims throughout India took to the streets Friday to protest French President Emmanuel Macron’s refusal to criminalize cartoons, resulting in about 2,000 arrests in Madhya Pradesh alone. The largest Madhya Pradesh protest occurred in the large city of Bhopal, and resulted in the arrest of lawmaker Arif Masood. Muslims in Mumbai also assembled in protest, lining the roads with photos

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France ‘At War Against Islamist Ideology’: Minister

France’s interior minister has said the country is engaged in a war against Islamist ideology and warned that more Islamic terrorist attacks are likely following Thursday’s knife attack at a church in Nice. A 21-year-old Tunisian man, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” beheaded an elderly woman and killed two more people at the city’s Notre-Dame church on Thursday morning, according to the authorities. “We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside,” Minister Gerald Damarnin told RTL radio on Friday. “We need to understand that there have been and there will be other events such as these terrible attacks.” Police block the access to the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica in Nice on Oct. 29, 2020. (Valery Hache/AFP via Getty Images) Investigators detained a second suspect, a 47-year-old man believed to have been in contact with the assailant the night before, said a judicial official on Friday. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he would deploy thousands more soldiers to protect important French sites, such as places of worship and schools. Speaking from the scene, he said France had been attacked “over our values, for our taste for freedom, for the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief.” “And I say it with lots of clarity again today: we will not give any ground.” French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, and Nice mayor Christian Estrosi, third left, meet police officers after a knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, on Oct. 29, 2020. (Eric Gaillard/Pool via AP) French Prime Minister Jean Castex has raised France’s security alert to its highest level and said the government’s response would be firm and implacable. The motive of the attacker was not immediately clear, but France was already on heightened security alert as Muslims in multiple Islamic countries expressed anger over the display and publication in France of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. The caricatures of Muhammad have been widely displayed at marches in solidarity with a French history teacher, who was murdered by an 18-year-old Islamic terrorist on Oct. 16. A man prays in the street outside the Notre Dame church after a knife attack took place in Nice, southern France, on Oct. 29, 2020. (Daniel Cole/AP Photo) Samuel Paty was beheaded in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by a teenage Chechen refugee, who had sought to avenge his victim’s use of the caricatures in a class on freedom of expression. Police shot the attacker dead. President Macron has vigorously defended the cartoons as protected under the right to free speech, angering many Muslims and triggering protests in multiple Muslim countries. Islamic terrorist groups ranging from the Taliban in Afghanistan to Hezbollah in Lebanon have condemned Macron’s defense of the Muhammad cartoons. A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty as people gather on Republique square in Lille, northern France, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo) On Friday, as France mourned the victims of the Nice attack, tens of thousands of Muslims protested in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Palestinian territories against Macron’s stance on the Muhammad cartoons. In Pakistan, police fired tear gas at demonstrators marching towards the French Embassy in Islamabad, with some protesters trying to break through police barricades. In Bangladesh, tens of thousands marched through capital Dhaka, chanting “Boycott French products” and carrying banners calling Macron “the world’s biggest terrorist.” Muslims hit the effigy depicting the French president Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayer as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products and denouncing Macron for his comments over Prophet Muhammed’s caricatures, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Oct. 30, 2020. (Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters) Earlier this week, France’s national police called for increased security at religious sites around the All Saint’s holiday this coming weekend. On Tuesday, the areas around the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower in central Paris were briefly evacuated after a bag filled with ammunition was discovered. The French Foreign Ministry issued safety advice on Tuesday to French citizens currently in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Mauritania, urging them to exercise caution, stay away from protests, and avoid public gatherings. The publication or display of images of Muhammad, which Muslims see as blasphemy, has triggered several terrorist attacks in France. After cartoons depicting Muhammad were published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, its editorial offices were attacked in 2015 by gunmen who killed 12 people. Last month, as a trial of 14 alleged accomplices in the 2015 attack opened in Paris, the magazine republished the cartoons to underscore the right of freedom of expression. On Sept. 25, a Pakistani man stabbed two people outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices in Paris. Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-PM of Malaysia's 'Muslims Have a Right to Kill Millions of French' Rant Removed by Facebook, Twitter

Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir bin Mohamad's extraordinary diatribe that "Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people" has been removed from Facebook and Twitter.

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Trump Pledges Solidarity After Islamic Terror Attack at French Church

President Donald Trump has condemned Thursday’s Islamic terrorist attack on a French church and pledged American’s solidarity with her “oldest Ally.” Three people were killed by an attacker at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday morning. One elderly lady who had come to pray was “virtually beheaded,” the city’s mayor was quoted as saying. Police officers stand guard at the scene of a knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, on Oct. 29, 2020. (Eric Gaillard/Pool/Reuters) The attacker shouted “Allahu akbar!” repeatedly as police apprehended him, the mayor told reporters, adding that “the meaning of his gesture left no doubt.” “Our hearts are with the people of France,” President Trump wrote on Twitter. “America stands with our oldest Ally in this fight. These Radical Islamic terrorist attacks must stop immediately. No country, France or otherwise can long put up with it!” Our hearts are with the people of France. America stands with our oldest Ally in this fight. These Radical Islamic terrorist attacks must stop immediately. No country, France or otherwise can long put up with it! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2020 Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron said he would deploy thousands more soldiers to protect important French sites, such as places of worship and schools. Speaking from the scene, he said France had been attacked “over our values, for our taste for freedom, for the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief.” “And I say it with lots of clarity again today: we will not give any ground.” French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd-L) visits the scene of a knife attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice in Nice, on Oct. 29, 2020. (Eric Gaillard/pool/AFP via Getty Images) The Nice attack was not the only suspected terror incident targeting France on Thursday. In Montfavet, near the southern French city of Avignon, police killed a man who had threatened passersby with a handgun. He was also shouting “Allahu Akbar,” according to radio station Europe 1. In Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, state television reported that a Saudi man had been arrested in the Red Sea city of Jeddah after attacking and injuring a guard at the French consulate. French Prime Minister Jean Castex has raised France’s security alert to its highest level and said the government’s response would be firm and implacable. The motive of the attacker was not immediately clear, but France was already on heightened security alert as Muslims in multiple Islamic countries expressed anger over the display and publication in France of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty as people gather on Republique square in Lille, northern France, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo) The caricatures of Muhammad have been widely displayed at marches in solidarity with a French history teacher, who was murdered by an 18-year-old Islamic terrorist on Oct. 16. Samuel Paty was beheaded in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by a teenage Chechen refugee, who had sought to avenge his victim’s use of the caricatures in a class on freedom of expression. Police shot the attacker dead. President Macron has vigorously defended the cartoons as protected under the right to free speech, angering many Muslims and triggering protests in multiple Muslim countries. Islamic terrorist groups ranging from the Taliban in Afghanistan to Hezbollah in Lebanon have condemned Macron’s defense of the Muhammad cartoons. Pakistanis burn a French national flag during a protest following French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments over the Mohammed caricatures, in Peshawar, on Oct. 26, 2020. (Abdul Majeed/AFP via Getty Images) Earlier this week, France’s national police called for increased security at religious sites around the All Saint’s holiday this coming weekend. On Tuesday, the areas around the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower in central Paris were briefly evacuated after a bag filled with ammunition was discovered. The terrorist threat remains “very high,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Tuesday, “because we have a lot of enemies from within and outside the country.” The French Foreign Ministry issued safety advice on Tuesday to French citizens currently in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Mauritania, urging them to exercise caution, stay away from protests, and avoid public gatherings. Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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UK ‘Stands Steadfastly With France Against Terror’: Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed Britain’s solidarity with France following the Islamic terrorist attack in France earlier on Thursday. Three people were killed by an attacker at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday morning. One elderly victim who had come to pray was “virtually beheaded,” the city’s mayor was quoted as saying. Security forces guard the area after a knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, on Oct. 29, 2020. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters) The attacker shouted “Allahu akbar!” repeatedly as police apprehended him, the mayor told reporters, adding that “the meaning of his gesture left no doubt.” Writing on Twitter in both English and French, Johnson said: “I am appalled to hear the news from Nice this morning of a barbaric attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the UK stands steadfastly with France against terror and intolerance.” I am appalled to hear the news from Nice this morning of a barbaric attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the UK stands steadfastly with France against terror and intolerance. — Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 29, 2020 UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also wrote on Twitter, “The UK stands in complete solidarity with our French friends against terrorism and all those who try to intimidate us through such despicable action.” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Union’s executive arm, said the whole of Europe stands behind France, “determined in the face of barbarism and fanaticism.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “deeply shaken by the terrible murders in a church in Nice,” adding “The French nation has Germany’s solidarity in these difficult hours.” Police officers stand guard at the scene of a knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, on Oct. 29, 2020. (Eric Gaillard/Pool/Reuters) Following the attack, French Prime Minister Jean Castex raised France’s security alert to its highest level and said the government’s response would be firm and implacable. The motive of the attacker was not immediately clear, but France was already on heightened security alert as Muslims in multiple Islamic countries expressed anger over the display and publication in France of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. The caricatures of Muhammad have been widely displayed at marches in solidarity with a French history teacher, who was murdered by an 18-year-old Islamic terrorist on Oct. 16. A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty as people gather on Republique square in Lille, northern France, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo) Samuel Paty was beheaded in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by a teenage Chechen refugee, who had sought to avenge his victim’s use of the caricatures in a class on freedom of expression. Police shot the attacker dead. President Macron has vigorously defended the cartoons as protected under the right to free speech, angering some Muslim countries, including France’s NATO ally Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Macron needed mental treatment and led calls for a boycott of French goods. France responded by recalling its ambassador to Turkey and warning its citizens in the country to take extra caution to avoid danger to their personal safety. But Turkey on Thursday condemned the Nice attack. President Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin expressed his condolences on Twitter in Turkish and French, and said, “We will fight all kinds of terror and extremism with determination and in solidarity.” Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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French Teen Arrested for Praising Beheading of French Teacher

French police have arrested a 16-year-old in the commune of Lure after he posted messages on social media that praised the actions of the Chechen Islamic terrorist who beheaded teacher Samuel Paty.

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3 Killed in Islamic Terror Attack at French Church

Three people were killed by an attacker at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, in an incident the city’s mayor described as terrorism. Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the knife attack had happened at the city’s Notre Dame church, and two of the victims died inside the church. The attacker […]

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Watch: Palestinian Islamic Scholar Warns Muslim Armies Coming to 'Crush Paris'

Palestinian Islamic scholar Sheikh Ali Abu Ahmad used an address at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to warn French President Emmanuel Macron and all the “infidels who have acted with insolence against Muslims” to get ready for holy war. Sheikh Ahmad said boycotts of French products “do not change a thing” and the only solution is the reestablishment of the

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UK Urges NATO Allies to Defend Free Speech as France, Turkey Spar Over Cartoons

As the row over depictions of Prophet Mohammad intensifies between France and Turkey, Britain has called on NATO allies to stay united in defending the values of tolerance and free speech. Turkey has reacted angrily to French President Emmanuel Macron’s defence of the right to publish and display caricatures of Prophet Mohammad, following the beheading of a French history teacher by an 18-year-old Islamic terrorist on Oct. 16. L: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presents statements following the Cabinet Meeting at the Presidential Complex, in Ankara, on Oct. 5, 2020. (Adem Altan/AFP via Getty Images)R: French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a face mask, looks on as he waits for the arrival of the Armenian President, ahead of their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on Oct. 22, 2020. (Charles Platiau/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Samuel Paty was beheaded in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by a teenage Chechen refugee, who had sought to avenge his victim’s use of the Mohammad caricatures in a class on freedom of expression. “The UK stands in solidarity with France and the French people in the wake of the appalling murder of Samuel Paty,” said UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a statement. “My thoughts remain with his family. Terrorism can never and should never be justified.” A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty as people gather on Republique square in Lille, northern France, on Oct. 18, 2020. Demonstrators in France on Sunday took part in gatherings in support of freedom of speech and in tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo) President Macron has vigorously defended the cartoons as protected under the right to free speech. At a memorial for the teacher last week, Macron said, “We won’t renounce the caricatures.” On Sunday, he wrote on Twitter in both Arabic and English, “We will not give in, ever.” Macron’s attitude has angered some Muslim countries, including France’s NATO ally Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Macron needed mental treatment and led calls for a boycott of French goods. France responded by recalling its ambassador to Turkey and warning its citizens in the country to take extra caution to avoid danger to their personal safety. Pakistanis burn a French national flag during a protest following French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments over the Mohammed caricatures, in Peshawar, on Oct. 26, 2020. (Abdul Majeed/AFP via Getty Images) In response to the escalating dispute, Raab said, “NATO allies and the wider international community must stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the fundamental values of tolerance and free speech, and we should never grant terrorists the gift of dividing us.” But the row is showing no signs of abating. On Wednesday, Turkey said it will take legal and diplomatic steps in response to a caricature of President Tayyip Erdogan in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which officials called a “disgusting effort” to “spread its cultural racism and hatred.” Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, on Sep. 29, 2020. (Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters) The cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo showed Erdogan sitting in a white T-shirt and underpants, holding a canned drink along with a woman wearing an Islamic hijab. Top Turkish officials condemned the caricature, with presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin saying it was “vulgar” and “immoral,” and could not be considered freedom of expression. Charlie Hebdo has been a target of Islamic terrorists since it published cartoons depicting Mohammad years ago. Its editorial offices were attacked in 2015 by terrorists who killed 12 people. Last month, as a trial of 14 alleged accomplices in the 2015 attack opened in Paris, the magazine republished the cartoons to underscore the right of freedom of expression. On Sept. 25, a Pakistani man stabbed two people outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices in Paris. Amid the latest outburst of Muslim anger, France is on a heightened security alert to prevent Islamic terrorist attacks. France’s national police have called for increased security at religious sites around the All Saint’s holiday this coming weekend. The French Foreign Ministry issued safety advice on Tuesday to French citizens currently in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Mauritania, urging them to exercise caution, stay away from protests, and avoid public gatherings. On Tuesday, the areas around the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower in central Paris were briefly evacuated after a bag filled with ammunition was discovered. Reuters contributed to this report.

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40,000 in Bangladesh Burn Macron in Effigy over France's Crackdown on Jihad

An estimated 40,000 people attended a rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday calling for a nationwide boycott of France and government policies meant to hurt the European nation in response to President Emmanuel Macron launching a campaign against radical Islamists. Macron has begun the process of shutting down jihadist groups and arresting radical Islamists in the aftermath of the murder

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French Police Find Bag Filled With Ammunition Near Arc de Triomphe

French police on Tuesday evacuated the areas around the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower in central Paris after a bag filled with ammunition was discovered. Two local French news sites showed pictures of a blue bag with different kinds of ammunition, which caused the bomb alert. The Arc de Triomphe area and surrounding subway stations, and the Paris Champ de Mars park around the Eiffel Tower were evacuated briefly, before traffic came back to normal by 1630 GMT, police told the Reuters news agency. France is on heightened security alert as Muslims in multiple Islamic countries vent their fury over President Emmanuel Macron’s vigorous defense of the right to publish and display caricatures of Prophet Mohammad, following the beheading of a French history teacher by an 18-year-old Islamic terrorist on Oct. 16. A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty as people gather on Republique square in Lille, northern France, on Oct. 18, 2020. Demonstrators in France took part in gatherings in support of freedom of speech and in tribute to the history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing Mohammad cartoons with his class. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo) France’s national police have called for increased security at religious sites around the All Saint’s holiday this coming weekend. The terrorist threat remains “very high,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on France-Inter radio on Tuesday, “because we have a lot of enemies from within and outside the country.” The French Foreign Ministry issued safety advice on Tuesday to French citizens currently in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Mauritania, urging them to exercise caution, stay away from protests, and avoid public gatherings. People look at flowers laid in homage to slain history teacher Samuel Paty, outside the Bois d’Aulne secondary school, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, on Oct. 19, 2020. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images) Samuel Paty was beheaded in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by the teenage Chechen refugee, who had sought to avenge his victim’s use of the Mohammad caricatures in a class on freedom of expression. Police shot the attacker dead. President Macron has vigorously defended the cartoons as protected under the right to free speech. At a memorial for the teacher last week, Macron said, “We won’t renounce the caricatures.” On Sunday, he wrote on Twitter in both Arabic and English, “We will not give in, ever.” French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to present his strategy to fight Islamist separatism, in Les Mureaux, outside Paris, on Oct. 2, 2020. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via AP) Macron’s stance has angered some Muslim countries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Macron needed mental treatment and led calls for a boycott of French goods. France responded by recalling its ambassador to Turkey and warning its citizens in the country to take extra caution to avoid danger to their personal safety. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan also hit out at Macron for “attacking Islam,” and called on Facebook to ban “Islamophobic” content. Neither Erdogan nor Khan has publicly condemned the killing of the French teacher. A youth holds a photograph of France’s President Emmanuel Macron, stamped with a shoe mark, during a protest against France in Istanbul, on Oct. 25, 2020. (Emrah Gurel/AP Photo) Meanwhile, Islamic terrorist groups ranging from the Taliban in Afghanistan to Hezbollah in Lebanon have condemned Macron’s defense of the Mohammad cartoons. The publication or display of images of Mohammad, which Muslims see as blasphemy, has triggered several terrorist attacks in France. Pakistanis burn a French national flag during a protest following French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments over the Mohammed caricatures, in Peshawar, on Oct. 26, 2020. (Abdul Majeed/AFP via Getty Images) After cartoons depicting Mohammad were published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, its editorial offices were attacked in 2015 by gunmen who killed 12 people. Last month, as a trial of 14 alleged accomplices in the 2015 attack opened in Paris, the magazine republished the cartoons to underscore the right of freedom of expression. On Sept. 25, a Pakistani man stabbed two people outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices in Paris. Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison for Celebrating Murder of French Teacher

A 43-year-old man already incarcerated at a French prison in Amiens was sentenced to a further eight months by a court after he praised the terrorist attacker who killed and beheaded French teacher Samuel Paty. The man had previously been found guilty of contempt of court and during a training exercise with fellow inmates on October 19th, had spoken positively

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France Warns Citizens to Be Cautious Amid Muslim Fury Over Cartoons

France has warned its citizens to take extra safety precautions while living or traveling abroad, as Muslims in multiple Islamic countries vent their fury over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. The French Foreign Ministry issued safety advice on Tuesday to French citizens currently in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iraq, and Mauritania, urging them to exercise caution, stay away from protests, and avoid public gatherings. “It is recommended to exercise the greatest vigilance, especially while traveling, and in places that are frequented by tourists or expatriate communities,” said the ministry. A Turkish youth holds a photograph of President Emmanuel Macron, stamped with a shoe mark, during a protest against France in Istanbul, on Oct. 25, 2020. (Emrah Gurel/AP Photo) France’s national police have called for increased security at religious sites around the All Saint’s holiday this coming weekend. The terrorist threat remains “very high,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on France-Inter radio on Tuesday, “because we have a lot of enemies from within and outside the country.” The latest outburst of Muslim anger was triggered by French President Emmanuel Macron’s reactions to the beheading of a French history teacher by an 18-year-old Islamic terrorist on Oct. 16. Samuel Paty was beheaded in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by the teenage Chechen refugee, who had sought to avenge his victim’s use of the Mohammad caricatures in a class on freedom of expression. Police shot the attacker dead. A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty as people gather on Republique square in Lille, northern France, on Oct. 18, 2020. Demonstrators in France took part in gatherings in support of freedom of speech and in tribute to the history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing Mohammad cartoons with his class. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo) President Macron has vigorously defended the cartoons as protected under the right to free speech. At a memorial for the teacher last week, Macron said, “We won’t renounce the caricatures.” On Sunday, he wrote on Twitter in both Arabic and English, “We will not give in, ever.” Macron’s government has been planning to tackle what he calls “Islamist separatism,” which refers to the “parallel society” that thrives in some neighborhoods around France where radical Muslims take control of the local population to inculcate their beliefs. People look at flowers laid in homage to slain history teacher Samuel Paty, outside the Bois d’Aulne secondary school, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, on Oct. 19, 2020. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images) Macron’s stance has angered some Muslim countries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Macron needed mental treatment and led calls for a boycott of French goods. France responded by recalling its ambassador to Turkey and warning its citizens in the country to take extra caution to avoid danger to their personal safety. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan also hit out at Macron for “attacking Islam,” and called on Facebook to ban “Islamophobic” content. Neither Erdogan nor Khan has publicly condemned the killing of the French teacher. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to present his strategy to fight Islamist separatism, in Les Mureaux, outside Paris, on Oct. 2, 2020. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via AP) French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin retorted on Tuesday that Turkey and Pakistan should not meddle in France’s domestic affairs. Meanwhile, Islamic terrorist groups ranging from the Taliban in Afghanistan to Hezbollah in Lebanon have condemned Macron’s defense of the Mohammad cartoons. Apart from protests, there have been growing calls in several Muslim countries for boycotts of French products. Thousands of people gather during a demonstration in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to French history teacher Samuel Paty, in Republique square, Paris, on Oct. 18, 2020 (Michel Euler/AP Photo) The publication or display of images of Mohammad, which Muslims see as blasphemy, has triggered several terrorist attacks in France. After cartoons depicting Mohammad were published by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, its editorial offices were attacked in 2015 by gunmen who killed 12 people. Last month, as a trial of 14 alleged accomplices in the 2015 attack opened in Paris, the magazine republished the cartoons to underscore the right of freedom of expression. On Sept. 25, a Pakistani man stabbed two people outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices in Paris. Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Muslim World Rises Against French Crackdown on Radical Islam

Paris -- France's largest employers' federation on Monday urged companies to "resist the blackmail" over a product boycott by Arab countries as a backlash widens over Paris's hardened stance against radical Islam.

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French Teachers Receive Death Threats Explicitly Referencing Beheading of Samuel Paty

Teachers at several schools in France have received death threats, stating that unless they pay cash, they will be killed like Samuel Paty. Just days after an 18-year-old Chechen refugee Abdullah Anzorov beheaded history and geography teacher Samuel Paty for showing his class the Mohammed cartoons published by magazine Charlie Hebdo, several schools in France received death threats via email, referencing the

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'We Will Cut Your Head Off': French Mayor Threatened in Wake of Teacher Beheading

A town mayor is receiving protection from the national government after threats to behead him were painted on walls, the menacing messages coming just days after a teacher was decapitated in a Paris suburb. Three different sets of graffiti were discovered around a Lyon suburb on Thursday, which referred to local police and the town’s mayor  Jérémie Bréaud. French news magazine Paris

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France: Pupils Arrested After Praising Sharia and Threatening Teacher

Police took seven pupils at a school in the commune of Muret into custody after they threatened a high school civics teacher and praised Islamic sharia law. The incident occurred just a week before the murder of French teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded in the street by a Chechen refugee radical Islamic extremist after showing his class pictures of the

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Teacher: Sweden Must Be 'Prepared' for Attacks Like French Teacher Beheading

Swedish teachers said it was a question of “if, not when” an attack like the beheading of France’s Samuel Paty happened to a Swedish teacher. Stockholm high school teacher Olof Linton commented on the murder of Mr Paty, who was beheaded in the street by a radical Islamic extremist teenager after showing pictures of the Mohammed cartoons to his class. “Unfortunately,

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Delingpole: What France Can Teach Us About Fighting Islamic Terrorism

A giant cartoon image of Mohammed projected onto the side of a government building in defiance of murderous Islamist zealots. Such an action would be unthinkable in the United Kingdom and, indeed, in almost any country other than France. So congratulations to the cities of Toulouse and Montpellier in South West France for holding their nerve and standing up for

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Beheaded Teacher Was ‘Quiet Hero’ Who Incarnated French Values, Macron Says

PARIS—President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Wednesday to a French history teacher beheaded by an Islamist radical as a “quiet hero” dedicated to instilling the democratic values of the French Republic in his pupils. Samuel Paty’s attacker, a teenager of Chechen origin, had wanted to avenge the teacher’s use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression for 13-year-olds. Muslims see any depiction of the Prophet as blasphemous. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech in front of the coffin of slain teacher Samuel Paty during a national memorial event, in Paris, France, on Oct. 21, 2020. (Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters) In a nationally televised memorial service presided over by Macron, Paty’s coffin was carried into the courtyard of Sorbonne university in Paris to the soundtrack of the U2 song “One.” Atop the casket lay Paty’s Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest decoration that was awarded posthumously to the slain teacher. “He was killed precisely because he incarnated the Republic,” a visibly emotional Macron said. “He was killed because the Islamists want our future. They know that with quiet heroes like him, they will never have it.” French President Emmanuel Macron pays his respects in front of the coffin of slain teacher Samuel Paty in the courtyard of the Sorbonne university during a national memorial event, in Paris, France, on Oct. 21, 2020. (Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters) Abdullakh Anzorov decapitated Paty with a large knife on a street in a middle-class Paris suburb in broad daylight last Friday in a killing officials called an attack on French values. Police shot dead the 18-year-old soon afterward. The murder has convulsed France, carrying echoes of the Islamist attack in 2015 on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after it published cartoons of Prophet Mohammad. In an act of solidarity, the Occitanie regional authorities projected a series of Charlie Hebdo’s past political and religious cartoons, including those of the Prophet Mohammad, onto public buildings in the cities of Toulouse and Montpellier. Macron said: “Samuel Paty on Friday became the face of the Republic, of our desire to break the will of the terrorists … and to live as a community of free citizens in our country.” Cash payments France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said Anzorov had paid pupils at the College Bois d’Aulne to identify his victim, knowing only his name and the school where he taught after a parent launched a campaign against Paty on social media. “This identification was only possible with the help of students from the school. They identified him in exchange for payment,” Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference. Ricard said the killer had arrived at the school early on Friday afternoon and offered students between €300 and €350 ($350 to $415), telling them he wanted to force an apology from Paty but also to “humiliate and hit him.” Two students aged 14 and 15 were among seven people detained for alleged complicity to murder in a terrorist endeavor, or association with a terrorist. They were handed over to a judge to determine whether they should be placed under investigation—at which point they would be treated as formal suspects. Ricard also confirmed that Anzorov had made contact with the school parent who posted videos online accusing Paty of stigmatizing Muslims and calling for him to be fired. The parent was among the seven presented to the judge. By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Richard Lough

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Teenage Killer Paid Students to Identify French Teacher Before Beheading

PARIS—The Chechen teenager who beheaded a French teacher for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in class had paid students to identify him in front of the school, France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said on Wednesday. Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference the killer knew the teacher’s name and location of his school after a parent launched a campaign against Samuel Paty on social media, but had no way of identifying him at the school gates. “This identification was only possible with the help of students from the school. They identified him in exchange for payment,” Ricard told a news conference. French anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard, wearing a protective face mask, speaks during a news conference on the latest in the investigation over the murder of the French teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, at the courthouse in Paris, France, Oct. 21, 2020. (Charles Platiau/Reuters) Ricard said the killer had arrived at the school early on Friday afternoon and offered students between €300 and €350 ($350 to $415). Two students aged 14 and 15 were among seven people suspected of complicity to murder in a terrorist endeavor or association with a terrorist and handed over to a judge to determine whether they should be placed under investigation—at which point they would be treated as formal suspects. Ricard also confirmed that the attacker, who lived in France on refugee papers, had made contact with the father of a Muslim girl who on social media accused Paty of stigmatizing Muslims and called for him to be fired. Paty was beheaded on Oct. 16 in broad daylight outside his school in the middle-class Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. His attacker was shot dead by police shortly afterward. Investigators say the teenager had sought to avenge his victim’s use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. The parent who had posted the videos denouncing the teacher was also among the seven presented to the judge, as was a Franco-Moroccan activist, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, who was already known to intelligence services. President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Sefrioui had been directly involved in the attack. The government dissolved Sefrioui’s “Sheikh Yassin Collective” on Wednesday. The murder has shocked France, and carried echoes of the attack five years ago on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after it published cartoons of Prophet Mohammad. A national tribute in honor of Paty will be held at the Sorbonne university in Paris on Wednesday. By Sudip Kar-Gupta

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France Bans Islamic Group After Teacher’s Beheading

PARIS—The French government issued an order on Wednesday to dissolve a domestic Islamic extremist group after the beheading last week near Paris of a teacher who had shown students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said the Collective Cheikh Yassine group was formally banned during a Cabinet meeting because it was “implicated, linked to Friday’s attack” and it was used to promote anti-republican hate speech. Other groups will be dissolved “in the coming weeks” for similar reasons, Attal said. He also confirmed that the government ordered a mosque in the northeast Paris suburb of Pantin to close for six months. A terror investigation is underway into teacher Samuel Paty’s slaying. Authorities have identified the killer as Abdoullakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was later shot dead by police. Named after a slain leader of the Palestinian Hamas, Collective Cheikh Yassine was founded in the early 2000s by a man who is among the individuals detained for questioning in the teacher’s killing. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on French news broadcaster BFMTV that the person in question helped disseminate a message that called for mobilization against the teacher. The message, prepared by a student’s father, was part of what increasingly appeared to be a case turning in part on a spiraling fever on social media among some Muslim individuals or groups. The Pantin mosque is being punished for relaying the angry father’s message on social media. The father quoted his 13-year-old daughter as saying the teacher had asked Muslims to leave the classroom—a version that was contested by Paty himself, according to media reports. Authorities say the mosque has long had an imam following the Salafist path, a rigorous interpretation of the Koran. On Tuesday evening, thousands of people gathered to honor Paty where he was beheaded as he left school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. A national memorial event is scheduled to be held on Wednesday evening in the courtyard of the Sorbonne university.

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Seven People Handed Over to Judge in Probe on French Teacher’s Murder

PARIS—Seven people, including two minors, were handed over to a judge overnight as part of an ongoing investigation into last week’s murder of French teacher Samuel Paty, an official from the anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office said. Paty was beheaded on Oct. 16 in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Police shot the attacker dead. A man waves a French national flag during a silent march to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the French teacher who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, on Oct. 20, 2020. (Lucien Libert/Reuters) Investigators say the teenager had sought to avenge his victim’s use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. A school parent who had posted a video accusing the teacher of using the caricatures in class was among the seven presented to the judge. Richard Ferrand, speaker of the lower house of parliament and a former teacher, told BFM television that parents should “stay out of schools and leave teachers alone. One must hand back full authority to the teachers.” A child holds up a a poster of Samuel Paty as people gather on Republique square in Lille, northern France, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo) Prosecutors have said the attacker had approached pupils outside the school and asked them to identify Paty as he left for home. Two of those pupils were among those presented to the judge, as was Islamic terrorist Abdelhakim Sefrioui from the Cheikh Yassine Collective, whose closure could be decided later in the day by the French cabinet. The murder shocked France, and carried echoes of the attack five years ago on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after the magazine had also published cartoons of Prophet Mohammad. Public figures called Paty’s killing an attack on the Republic and on French values. French regional newspaper La Nouvelle Republique has received threats on social media after it published a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad on its front page, one of its journalists said on Wednesday. A national tribute in honor of Paty will be held at the Sorbonne university in Paris on Wednesday. By Jean Terzian and Henri-Pierre Andre

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France Shuts Paris Mosque in Crackdown After Teacher’s Beheading

PARIS—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 capital’s northeastern outskirts, had shared a video on its Facebook page before the attack that vented hatred against history teacher Samuel Paty. Police plastered notices of the closure order outside the mosque as the authorities promised a tough response against the disseminators of hate messages, preachers of radicalized sermons, and foreigners believed to pose a security threat to France. The six-month order was “for the sole purpose of preventing acts of terrorism,” the notice issued by the head of the Seine-Saint-Denis department read. The beheading of a public servant by a suspected Islamist for his use of religious satire to explore with students the debate surrounding freedom of expression, a deeply cherished tenet of democracy in secular France, has convulsed the country and shocked the world. President Emmanuel Macron is increasingly concerned by what he calls Islamist separatism: the attempt by hostile elements within France’s large Muslim community to impose conservative Islamic beliefs over the traditional values of the French Republic in some communities. “Enemy within” Interior Minister Gerald Darmain said this week France was confronted by an “enemy within.” The rector of the Grand Mosque of Panin, M’hammed Henniche, this weekend expressed regret over sharing the video on social media, after it emerged Paty had become the victim of a vicious online campaign of intimidation even before he was killed. In the video, the Muslim father of one of Paty’s students said the history teacher had singled out Muslim students and asked them to leave his class before showing the cartoons. He called Paty a thug and said he wanted the teacher removed. Henniche told Agence France Presse he had shared the video, filmed by the father of a student at Paty’s school, not to endorse the complaint but out of concern for Muslim children. The student’s father is now in police custody. Calls by Reuters to the mosque on Tuesday went unanswered. “There’s no room for violence in our religion,” the mosque said in a statement published on Facebook on Monday. “We strongly condemn this savagery.” One Pantin resident, who gave her name as Maya and said her husband prayed at the mosque, called the closure “sad for our community.”

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Beheaded Teacher Paty Will Get France’s Highest Honor: Minister

A woman holds a banner as she attends a tribute to Samuel Paty, the French teacher who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans St Honorine, at the Place de la Republique, in Lille, France, on Oct.18, 2020. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters) PARIS—Samuel Paty, the 47-year old history teacher beheaded by a suspected Islamist last week, will posthumously get France’s highest award, the “Legion d’Honneur,” education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told BFM TV on Tuesday. Paty was murdered on Friday in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Police shot the attacker dead. The teenager sought to avenge his victim’s use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. The murder shocked France and carried echoes of the attack five years ago on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Public figures called the killing an attack on the Republic and on French values. A national ceremony in honor of Paty will be held at Paris’ Sorbonne university on Wednesday.

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Macron Govt Proposes Dissolving Major Islamist Associations After Teacher Beheading

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin will propose the dissolution of several major Islamist associations after the murder of teacher Samuel Paty. Interior Minister Darmanin said he would defer to the courts, but argued that he would propose the disbanding of several controversial Islamist groups such as the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF). Darmanin went as far as stating that he

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Pupils in Paris No-Go Suburbs Cheered Burning of French Flags in Response to Mohammed Cartoons

Pupils in the Paris suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis allegedly cheered footage of Pakistanis burning French flags in response to Charlie Hebdo republishing the Mohammed cartoons. Teacher Jean-Baptiste Jorda claimed that one of his classes at a high school in the heavily migrant-populated Seine-Saint-Denis district outside Paris reacted with anger after being shown images of Mohammed that were published by Charlie Hebdo. “They exploded,”

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French Premier Joins Nationwide Tributes to Beheaded Teacher

PARIS—France’s prime minister joined demonstrators on Sunday who rallied together across the country in tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. The demonstrations came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump sent France a message of solidarity in the wake of the attack. People gather on Republique square during a demonstration in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class, in Paris, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Euler/AP Photo) Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police. French Prime Minister Jean Castex stood with citizens, associations, and unions demonstrating Sunday on the Place de la Republique in Paris in support of freedom of speech and in memory of the 47-year-old slain teacher. A child holds up a a poster of Samuel Paty as people gather on Republique square in Lille, northern France, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo) Some held placards reading “I am Samuel” that echoed the “I am Charlie” rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. A moment’s silence was observed across the square, broken by applause and a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Demonstrators also gathered in major cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille, and Bordeaux. French authorities, meanwhile, say they have detained an 11th person following the killing. People observe a minute of silence in Bayonne, southwestern France, in memory of the teacher Samuel Paty, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Bob Edme/AP Photo) Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said an investigation for murder with a suspected terrorist motive was opened. At least four of those detained are family members of the attacker, who had been granted 10-year residency in France as a refugee in March, was armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets. His half-sister joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2014, Ricard said. He didn’t give her name, and it wasn’t clear where she is now. The prosecutor said a text claiming responsibility and a photograph of the victim were found on the suspect’s phone. He also confirmed that a Twitter account under the name Abdoulakh A belonged to the suspect. It posted a photo of the decapitated head minutes after the attack along with the message “I have executed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Muhammad down.” A demonstrator holds a French flag with the slogan “Freedom of Speech” during a demonstration in Paris on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Euler/AP Photo) The beheading has upset moderate French Muslims and a group of imams in the Lyon region are holding a special meeting Sunday to discuss what the group called “the appalling assassination of our compatriot by a terrorist who in the name of an uncertain faith committed the irreparable.” The head of the world’s largest body of Muslim-majority nations has also condemned the killing. In a statement Sunday by the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the office of the general secretary, Yousef al-Othaimeen, reiterated the OIC’s “well-known position of rejecting all forms of extremism, radicalization and terrorism for any reason or motive.” Girls light candles outside the school where a slain history teacher was working, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, on Oct. 17, 2020. (Michel Euler/AP Photo) The attack has provoked a strong international rebuke. U.S. President Donald Trump addressed the killing Saturday night from a political rally in Janesville, Wisconsin. “On behalf of the United States, I’d like to extend my really sincere condolences to a friend of mine, President (Emmanuel) Macron of France, where they just yesterday had a vicious, vicious Islamic terrorist attack—beheading an innocent teacher near Paris,” he said. “France is having a hard time and Macron’s a great guy.” By Thomas Adamson

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Solidarity Demonstrations for French Teacher Beheaded for Showing Images of Prophet Mohammed

PARIS (AP) — Demonstrations around France have been called in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police. Political leaders, associations,

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