News of the stabbing appears to have prompted an 18-year-old Chechen refugee, Abdoullakh Anzorov, to grow up in France and in recent months to become active on extremist social media sites. On the same day of the stabbing, Anzorov began searching for the addresses of people who had offended Islam, according to an analysis of Le Monde’s deleted Twitter account.
Eventually, he settled with a middle school teacher who showed caricatures of Charlie Hebdo in a class on freedom of expression that angered many Muslim parents and students. Armed with a knife and two small shotguns, he decapitated his teacher, Samuel Paty, on October 16.
Wassim Nasr, a jihadist writer and author of a book on the Islamic State, said: “In the last three attacks, there was no political need but only a need. religious prayers ”. “Not” jihadists “.
The religious anger, rooted in the republic of the caricatures, expanded the scope of potential terrorism, said Nasr, adding that it made up the jihadist story that all Muslims are concerned about their war.
But instead of admitting the monopolistic religious fanaticism behind the attacks, the French government gave them a political dimension, he said.
“It turned out to be counterproductive,” he said.
The French government has said that the main threat comes from “Islamic separatism”, which it describes as a web of homegrown radical Islam that has challenged France’s strict secularism. In response to the recent attacks, the French government persecuted Muslim individuals and organizations that they described as Muslim.
Olivier Roy, a political scientist at the European University Institute in Florence and an expert on Islam, said the French government’s response was inconsistent with the new nature of the threat.