French School Security Ramped Up After Teacher Decapitation

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday decided to increase security in schools and the scrutiny of online propaganda from radical Islamist groups.


The measures come after the beheading of a French history teacher in a Parisian suburb by an 18-year-old Chechen Russian.

The head of state spoke of swift “concrete action” against radical Islamist propaganda online, after meeting six ministers and anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard.

On Friday afternoon, history and geography teacher Samuel Paty (47) was beheaded near the high school where he taught.

The school is located in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, one of the suburbs of Paris. His attacker, Abdullakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old Russian refugee of Chechen descent, was later shot by police.

The French head of state has plans to improve safety in and around schools before the autumn break, which lasts until November 2, ends.

The Interior and Justice Ministers, Gérald Darmanin and Eric Dupond-Moretti presented “an action plan to be implemented during the week that will trigger concrete actions against structures, associations or people close to radicalized circles.

Standing, “spreading calls to the hatred that can encourage attacks, Macron said.

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