French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday that the “Cheikh Yassine Collective” is to be dissolved due to its “direct” implication in the terror attack against teacher Samuel Paty and that further measures against radical Islam are to be taken over the next few days.
Talking to reporters from Bobigny, a northeastern suburb of Paris, following a meeting on how to fight Islamist terrorism, Macron said that over the past three years, “hundreds” of organisations had been shut down by the authorities.
“Decisions of this type against associations, groups of individuals, will follow in the coming days and weeks,” he added.
The “Cheikh Yassine Collective” — a pro-Palestinian organization — which was “directly implicated” in the terror attack against the teacher is to be dissolved on Wednesday, he said.
Paty, 47, a history and geography teacher, was beheaded on Friday near the school he taught at in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, some 25 kilometres northwest of Paris.
The teacher had shown caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in class during a lesson on freedom of speech which had angered some Muslim students.
Macron, who had caused controversy earlier this month for a speech on radical Islam which was criticised for stigmatising France’s Muslim population, said on Tuesday that the government “will we will further strengthen what has been started”.
“We know what needs to be done,” he said. “Our actions will continue: we have had the words, we have named the evil, we have explained the strategy.”
“Our fellow citizens today must be protected,” including French Muslims, “against this evil that is radical Islam,” he went on.
“Our determination is complete. The acts will be there. The Republic needs it,” he added.
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