French Police Raid Homes of Radical Islamists in Response to Beheaded Teacher

Police raided the homes of dozens of radical Islamists in Paris today after a Chechen-born teenager decapitated a teacher for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to pupils.

The massive operation followed direct orders from President Macron to crack down on extremists whose doctrines are blamed for inciting Abdullakh Anzorov, 18, to murder Samuel Paty, who taught at a secondary school on the outskirts of Paris, on Friday.

The French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, said today that the targets of the raids were not suspected of involvement in the murder but were all known activists. “We have the clear intention of passing a message. There will not be a minute’s respite for enemies of the republic,” he said.

Meanwhile, police will interview about 80 people who are believed to have posted messages in support of Mr Paty’s killer, Mr Darmanin added. The government said if Muslim organisations under investigation were found to promote hatred, they would be closed down.

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