French officials plan to evict 231 radicalized foreigners in a rapid crackdown after the brutal killing of a teacher on Friday.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he planned to move quickly in response to the murder of Samuel Paty, a history teacher who was beheaded after showing Prophet Mohammad cartoons in class.
President Emmanuel Macron called the killing a “Islamic terrorist attack.”
The main response to the attack included the deportation of 231 foreigners to the File of Alerts for Prevent of Terrorist Attacks (FSPRT), which monitors radicalized activities, according to Europe 1.
Darmanin plans to evict the people, who traveled to Morocco last week to ask the government to accept nine of these radicalized nationalities. He plans to meet with officials in Algeria and Tunisia to discuss similar deals.
The list includes 180 people currently in jail and another 51 individuals who will be arrested shortly, officials said. More than 850 illegal immigrants are registered with the FSPRT, 24 News reported.
French authorities have arrested 11 individuals involved in the killings, the BBC reported, although it is unclear if they were also part of the eviction plan.
Four close relatives of the suspect were detained shortly after the attack. Six other people were held on Saturday, including the father of a school student and a preacher described by the French media as a radical Islamist.
Darmanin also plans to consider the question of the right to asylum, as an 18-year-old Chechen who fled, identified only as Abdoulakh A., is suspected of killing Paty. The minister requested his service to more carefully examine people wishing to obtain refugee status in France.
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The suspect was found at a small distance from the victim, carrying a knife. After the suspect refused to drop his weapon, he was shot and killed by the police.
French anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said a text claiming responsibility for the attack and a photo of the victim were found on the suspect’s phone. A photo of Paty’s beheaded head was posted on a Twitter account owned by the suspect.
“I killed one of the dogs from hell who dared to overthrow Mohammad,” the message with the picture said, according to authorities.
The beheading was confusing to the average French Muslim. On Sunday, political, association and union leaders are set to appear in Paris and other major cities to call for free speech support and pay tribute to Paty.
A national recognition will be paid to Paty on Wednesday.
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“A civilization does not kill an innocent person, it is killed by barbarism,” Tareq Oubrou, imam of a mosque in Bordeaux, told France Inter on Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.