LE PECQ, France (AP) – Police in France questioned four 10-year-olds who spoke in favor of beheading a teacher and said that they would kill their own teacher if he pried on the Muslim prophet. Islam, the government reported as the prime minister warned Saturday, Islamist extremists are recruiting in France with “ignorance and hatred.”
Interior Ministry spokesman Camille Chaize said the children and their parents were detained and interrogated by police for several hours Thursday in the Alpine town of Albertville.
On Mondays, when French schools hold a minute of silence across the country In honor of the murdered teacher, Samuel Paty, the children voiced support for his murder last month near Paris, the spokesperson said in a video statement Friday night.
They “justified the prophet̵7;s assassination by arguing that insulting of the prophet is not allowed and adding that they would kill their teacher if he caricatures the prophet,” she said.
Paty was killed on October 16 outside his Paris district school by an 18-year-old refugee Chechen descent after he showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to debate freedom of speech.
The Albertville children were released after questioning. A ministry spokesperson said the judiciary had ordered educational training for them. The police also searched their home.
Paty’s murder was followed on October 29 by killing three people in a knife attack at a church. in Nice. Leading a memorial service to the victims in the Mediterranean city on Saturday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned that extremists were hiring French citizens.
“We know the enemy,” said Castex. “It is not only identified, but also has a name: It is radical Islamism, a political ideology that distorts Islamic religion by distorting texts, dogmas and commandments of it is to impose its domination with ignorance and hatred, a beneficial enemy. from overseas support, but alas, also counts French citizens in its ranks. ”
A choir sang “What a Wonderful World”, famously recorded by Louis Armstrong, and soldiers stood in silent ranks honoring the victims – Nadine Devillers, Simone Barreto Silva and Vincent Loques.
The main suspect, 21-year-old Tunisian Ibrahim Issaoui, is being treated in a French hospital after being arrested by police.
Paty’s killer was shot dead by police.
Meanwhile, authorities in the southeastern French city of Lyon on Saturday ruled out the motive of terror in the shooting of the death of a Greek Orthodox priest on October 31., when they announced that a suspected gunman was being held in custody for the attack that seriously injured the chaplain.
The Lyon prosecutor’s office said the suspect in custody was a 40-year-old man whose wife had an affair with the priest. It said the man confessed to the shooting while police questioned.
The priest was shot twice in the stomach with a shotgun while he was closing the door of his church.