‘Man who killed French teacher texted pupil’s angry parent in advance’ | NOW

The eighteen-year-old man who killed French teacher Samuel Paty last week is said to have texted a parent of one of the students prior to the act, sources say Tuesday. Le Parisien know.

It concerns one of the parents who complained after Paty showed caricatures of the prophet Mohammed during a lesson on freedom of speech.

The police source does not know if the student’s parent responded to the text message. Several suspects are detained on suspicion of involvement in the attack. This includes family members of the attacker, students and a parent of at least one of the students.

According to the French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, there was a campaign of hatred against Paty, in which he said a death curse had also been pronounced. Two men are detained for pronouncing this fatwa. One of them is said to be the father of a student of Paty’s. It is not known whether this is the same parent who texted the attacker.

The father is said to have pressed for help from the group Collectif contre l’islamophobie en France (Collective against Islamophobia in France), which Minister Darmanin now wants to dissolve.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was also announced that a mosque in the outskirts of Paris will be closed for six months. This mosque recently posted a video against Paty on Facebook.

A national memorial ceremony for the teacher will take place on Wednesday. Last weekend, thousands of French already marched for Paty.


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