About fifteen criminal cases on “apologetics of terrorism”, “threat to life” and “provocations” were opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office in connection with the murder of teacher Samuel Pati, Le Figaro reports on October 21, citing a source in the prosecutor’s office.
“At this stage, the Paris prosecutor’s office has launched about fifteen investigations into charges of propaganda of terrorism”, “threats to life”, “public insults based on origin, ethnicity, nation, race or religion” and “provocations that did not take effect” on the Internet, — said the prosecutor’s office. “Most of these investigations have been assigned to the Crime Control Team (BRDP),” the source added.
After the murder of a teacher in a suburb of the French capital, “more than 80 investigations” have been opened against “everyone who justified this murder in one way or another,” said Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen, also confirming that the arrests had been made.
We will remind, on October 20, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that he would deal with the problem of hate speech on the Internet and “violations related to the publication of personal data”. Earlier, in June 2020, a member of the Macronist party “Forward. Respublika, Laetitia Avia proposed to solve this problem with the help of a law allowing the administration of private social networks to seize suspicious information without trial and investigation, at their own discretion. Despite Macron’s support, the law was rejected by the Constitutional Council as violating free speech.