Five other men are suspected of having something to do with the murder of teacher Samuel Paty in France. The researchers have a total of 14 people in their sights, including minors.

Less than two months after the brutal murder of teacher Samuel Paty near Paris, five other suspects have been taken into custody in France. They allegedly had telephone contact with the attacker and, like him, are of Chechen descent, AFP news agency reported Tuesday evening, citing sources close to the case. The suspects are between 18 and 21 years old. In this case, the judiciary is already investigating 14 people – including minors.

Act classified as an act of terrorism

The teacher Paty was murdered in mid-October by an 18-year-old attacker near Paris. The crime, identified by investigators as an Islamic terrorist act, caused horror across the country. Paty had taught the subject of freedom of speech by showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The 18-year-old, who had been murdered by the police, had given this as a motive for his act on social networks.

French head of state Emmanuel Macron and the central government want to discuss the fight against radical Islamism in Paris on Wednesday. On the table is a planned law to “strengthen Republican principles”. Radical Islamism must be fought where young people fall in its clutches: in certain mosques, outside of school or on the Internet.

Macron had already announced the new law in October. For years, the country has been repeatedly shaken by Islamic terrorist attacks, more than 250 people have died.

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