Homes of suspected Islamist militants were raided by French police in the wake of the beheading of a teacher in Northern France.
Homes of suspected Islamist militants were raided by French police in the wake of the beheading of Samuel Paty, a teacher in Northern France.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed the raid and that some Muslim groups were being investigated for possible terror links.
The targets were chosen after some religious personalities have shown indications of radicalization, like sharing sermons and messages on social networks.
Darmanin explained that the raids were meant to send a message that “enemies of the Republic” would not enjoy “a minute’s respite.”
Darmanin said that 50 Muslim aid organizations in France would be subject to investigation and that some would be dissolved.
Darmanin added that over 80 investigations had been launched for online hate speech following the attack, which has drawn parallels with the 2015 shooting at Charlie Hebdo.
Eleven people linked to suspect Abdullakh Anzorov are being held over the attack, including a known Islamist militant and the father of one of Paty’s pupils.
The day before, thousands of French citizens took part in rallies countrywide to honour Paty to defend freedom of expression.
The protesters congregated on Place de la Republique in Paris and chanted “I am Samuel”, which was similar to the 2015 “I am Charlie” chant after the massacre.