Police interrogated French schoolteacher Samuel Paty just four days before his murder over Mohammed cartoons after a schoolgirl's father filed complaints.
Paty was beheaded by 18-year-old Chechen Aboulakh Anzorov, who lay in wait for two hours outside the school in Bois-d & # 39; Aulne with two boys who identified the teacher for £ 300.
The 47-year-old history and geography teacher is honored today with France's greatest merit, the Legion of Honor, in recognition of his efforts to explain the importance of freedom of expression.
The claim police made to Paty ten days ago – he showed his class pictures of Charlie Hebdo cartoons – is exactly the action he will be honored for at a national ceremony at the Sorbonne tonight.
Anzorov was shot dead by the police shortly after Paty was beheaded. But today it became known that seven people, including the two teenagers who are accused of pointing out the teacher, are on trial for the murder.
Teacher Samuel Paty (left) was beheaded in the Paris suburbs on Friday after sharing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class. Brahim Chinina (right), the father of a girl in his class, issued what the French interior minister called a "fatwa" against him
During a vigil march known as the "Marche Blanche" (White March), flowers are laid in front of the middle school on Tuesday evening in Conflans Saint-Honorine, near Paris
The terrorist's body was lying in the middle of the street after he was killed by French police after he refused to surrender
Counterterrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said the children, ages 14 and 15, belonged to a group that shared between 300 and 350 euros (217 to 315 pounds) that the killer offered to find Paty.
The two stayed with Anzorov for more than two hours, waiting for a man's father.
Paty became the subject of an online hate campaign over his choice of teaching materials – the same images that sparked a bloody attack by Islamist gunmen on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo five years ago.
French newspaper threatens to republish Hebdo cartoon in solidarity with murdered teacher
A French newspaper has received threats after republishing a Charlie Hebdo cartoon about Mohammed to highlight Islamic extremism following the teacher's murder.
The Loire Valley newspaper, La Nouvelle Republique, filed a legal complaint citing five comments on Facebook that were particularly outrageous.
On Sunday the newspaper published an earlier satirical caricature of the Prophet Mohammed in solidarity with the beheaded schoolteacher Samuel Paty, 47, who showed Charlie Hebdo cartoons in a class on freedom of expression.
A La Nouvelle Republique journalist Christophe Herigault spoke on television last night to reveal that the vast majority praised the newspaper for its front page of the Hebo cartoon, but that there were a small number of threats.
"There have been four or five threats, especially on Facebook, that resulted in us basically filing a judicial complaint," Herigault told BFM TV.
Local police officers could not be reached immediately.
Paty's murder shocked France, repeating the attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo five years ago after the magazine also published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in 2015.
Ricard said Anzorov offered students in Paty's school tuition to help him find the teacher because he didn't know what Paty looked like.
The prosecutor said the two accused youths stayed with Anzorov even after telling them he wanted to "humiliate and beat" Paty over the Mohamed cartoons.
Anzorov beheaded Paty with a knife and tweeted a picture of the teacher's severed head before he was shot by police. Many of Paty's students saw the disturbing picture online.
The two teenagers are among seven people prosecuted for "conspiracy to commit a terrorist murder," Ricard said.
Others include the father of one of Paty's students who launched the social media campaign against the teacher even though his daughter was not in class when the cartoons were shown, the prosecutor said.
The father had exchanged messages with Anzorov via WhatsApp in the days before the murder.
A fourth suspect is a well-known Islamist radical who helped the father in his election campaign.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has accused the two men of having issued a "fatwa" against Paty.
Three of Anzorov's friends complete the list of suspects, one of whom allegedly drove him to the scene while another accompanied him to buy a gun.
Just days before his murder, Paty was sitting in a police station and telling officers, "I have not committed any crime."
The history and geography teacher was interviewed after a schoolgirl's father complained that his cartoons of Mohammed were "spreading pornographic images."
But Paty told officials that the child was absent from his class on October 6 and that their story was based on "student rumors" intended to "harm my image, college and institution."
Paty's colleagues told France Info that he was deeply upset by an online video branding him a "thug" allegedly broadcast by the girl's outraged father.
Anzorov had had contact with the father of a girl in Paty's class who had started a campaign against him over the cartoons.
The father, Brahim Chnina, is in custody after the French Interior Minister accused him of launching a "fatwa" against Paty.
Chnina posted his phone number in a Facebook post with a video calling for protests against Paty and later released details about the teacher and his school.
Paty was questioned by police last week on allegations that he asked the Muslims in his class to leave. He said to the officers, “I suggested that my students look away for a few seconds if they thought they were shocked for one reason or another.
"At no point did I tell the students," Muslims, you can go out because you will be shocked. "And I didn't ask the students who were Muslim. My goal when I asked them to look the other way was so that they wouldn't feel offended."
Following the interview, Paty filed a defamation lawsuit against the father of the girl who distributed the online video.
The headmaster had assisted Paty with his police interview.
France will ban an Islamist group named after the late Hamas co-founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, government spokesman Gabriel Attal (pictured) said today
The murder has sparked renewed crackdown on extremism in France, where ministers plan to shut down two Islamic organizations and a Paris mosque.
Police have carried out dozens of raids since the crime, while the government ordered the closure of a mosque outside Paris for six months and disbanded the Sheikh Yassin collective, a group they said supported Hamas.
The Palestinian militant group said Wednesday it had "no ties" to the French organization founded by Abdelhakim Sefrioui – the Islamist radical who is in custody for Paty's murder.
The French government has earmarked more than 50 other organizations that it accuses of having links to radical Islam for disbandment.
"Our fellow citizens expect action," said Macron on Tuesday.
On Wednesday evening, the President will hold an official memorial with Paty's family and around 400 guests at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
An imam apologized yesterday after his mosque shared details about Paty and his school on Facebook following a campaign by an outraged Muslim father.
"Given what happened, we regret that we published it," said Imam Mohammed Henniche, according to France Info.
"We are currently seeing how we can take a step back in the future before we get carried away by such things."
While ISIS did not take responsibility for Paty's murder, the magazine previously urged people to mimick the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, which was also seen as revenge for blasphemy against Mohammed.
The Charlie Hebdo attackers "gave others a clear path" because Western governments "would not carry out the punishment for the blasphemy prescribed by Islam," ISIS magazine said.
The 2015 murders were the first in a series of terrorist attacks to rock France in recent years, including Paty's beheading last Friday.
Al-Qaeda supporters have also "celebrated" the attack and shared graphical images online, according to SITE Intelligence Group, a US-based monitor.
French MPs today pay tribute to a picture of Samuel Paty on the steps outside the National Assembly building in Paris
Right-wing French leader Marine Le Pen speaks to the media as she takes part in a vigil for Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Monday evening
The chairman of the right-wing Rassemblement National Marine Le Pen pays tribute to the history professor Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
A man looks at flowers in front of the secondary school in Bois d & # 39; Aulne as a tribute to the murdered history teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by an assailant for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his citizenship class
Armed police guard outside the secondary school where Samuel Paty taught, while mourners lay flowers on the scene of the crime next to a sign that reads “Je suis Samuel”.
According to SITE director Rita Katz, there have also been posts from ISIS and al-Qaeda supporters claiming the killer will inspire other lone wolves.
Meanwhile, Paris prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into a foreign-hosted French neo-Nazi website that republished the photo of Paty's body.
The teacher's murder sparked renewed promises against Islamic extremists in France, with police carrying out a series of raids on Monday.
Law enforcement officers carried out 40 raids on Monday, mostly near Paris, with many more planned.
"We want to be very determined to harass and destabilize this movement," said a government source.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin vowed that there would be "not a minute's break for enemies of the republic" after tens of thousands attended nationwide rallies.
Darmanin said the government would also get a better grip on institutions and charities with suspected links to Islamist networks.
Dramatic footage from a nearby house shows the deadly confrontation between French police and the terrorist they shot last Friday after he beheaded a school teacher who showed his class cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed
Officials named two groups they would aim to shut down – the Collective Against Islamophobia in France, which monitors attacks against Muslims, and BarakaCity, which describes itself as a humanitarian organization.
In a social media post, BarakaCity accused Darmanin of "going crazy" and said he was taking advantage of a tragedy.
Darmanin also ordered a Paris mosque to be closed and accused its imam of promoting intimidation of the teacher and publicizing the school's address.
Paty was attacked on his way home from secondary school where he was teaching in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40 km from central Paris.
Anzorov was shot dead after refusing to lay down his guns in a dramatic conflict with police shortly after he murdered Paty.
The terrorist had come to France with his family from the predominantly Muslim-Russian region of Chechnya more than a decade ago.
During a vigil march, flowers are laid outside the middle school (college) known as the "Marche Blanche" (White March) to pay tribute to the teacher Samuel Paty, who was murdered in Conflans Saint-Honorine
Flowers and signs reading “I am Samuel Paty” are displayed on a temporary memorial during a marche blanche in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
Signs and flowers pay tribute to the murdered school teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine
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