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Two French boys, 12, probed for saying beheaded teacher ‘deserved to die’ for showing Mohammed cartoon

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Two French boys, 12, probed for saying beheaded teacher ‘deserved to die’ for showing Mohammed cartoon


TWO boys are being probed by the French police on suspicion of supporting terrorism after they suggested Samuel Paty, the teacher who was beheaded, “deserved to die.”

The children, aged 12, allegedly made comments and interrupted the memorial of the decapitated teacher during a nationwide minute of silence on Monday.

Two boys, both 12, are being probed after supposedly suggesting Samuel Paty deserved to die during a nationwide minute of silence (not pictured)

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Two boys, both 12, are being probed after supposedly suggesting Samuel Paty deserved to die during a nationwide minute of silence (not pictured)Credit: AFP or licensors
Mr Paty, 47, was beheaded in Paris after showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed to a class at school

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Mr Paty, 47, was beheaded in Paris after showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed to a class at school

Prosecutors in Strasbourg also added that two similar incidents were also reported involving children aged eight and nine – prompting a social welfare inquiry. 

The 12-year-olds supposedly said that Mr Paty had deserved to die after showing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in his classroom.

Samuel Paty, 47, received the Legion d’Honneur posthumously in a national tribute ceremony at the Sorbonne in Paris after he was beheaded by a jihadi in the middle of the street.

He was brutally killed by Chechnya-born Abdullakh Anzorov, who published an image of the teacher’s severed head on Twitter before he was himself shot dead by police. 

Before the attack, he posted one graphic image of Mr Paty on social media alongside a threat in French to those who “insult” the prophet.

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Anzorov wrote: “In the name of Allah, to Macron, the leader of the infidels, I executed one of your hellhounds who dared to belittle Muhammad (may peace be upon him).”

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Last month, thousands of people paid tribute to the teacher, denouncing the slaughter in France and calling for free speech.

French placards read “No to brutality” and “I am a teacher,” as crowds gathered in Paris, Toulouse and Lille.

Meanwhile, President Macron has repeatedly voiced his support for free expression – which has caused outrage in some Muslim countries.

More than 50,000 Muslims took part in the biggest demonstration yet on the streets of Bangladesh, with some burning effigies of the under-fire French leader.

In the wake of the atrocity, and another bloody attack outside Notre Dame church in Nice, France’s Interior Minister said the country was “at war against an enemy within.

Following the attacks in France, four people were killed and 22 wounded after a terrorist rampaged through Vienna and opened fire near a synagogue earlier this week.

French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin said Monday that 66 inquiries into alleged support of terrorism had been opened since Paty’s death on October 16, following alerts to France’s online extremism watchdog Pharos.

He told a parliamentary panel: “The questioning often involves young people, aged 12 to 16, who have used extremely repugnant language.

The comments and imagery often reflect extreme violence “inspired by the Islamic State group, which is very worrying” he added.

Protesters burn an effigy of French president Emmanuel Macron in Bangladesh 
Protesters burn an effigy of French president Emmanuel Macron in Bangladesh 
A demonstrator holds the words 'Je Suis Samuel' in support of freedom of speech
A demonstrator holds the words ‘Je Suis Samuel’ in support of freedom of speech
Thousands gathered on Paris' Place de la Republique in honour of Samuel Paty
Thousands gathered on Paris’ Place de la Republique in honour of Samuel Paty
Armed police walk past wreathes laid after the attack in Vienna this week
Armed police walk past wreathes laid after the attack in Vienna this week





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