The Defense Council met this Sunday evening (18) around Emmanuel Macron, to give “concrete answers, in the short and medium term”, after the beheading on Friday of Professor Samuel Paty, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine , 50 km from Paris.
According to information from radio Europa 1, the French government will order the expulsion of 231 people from the S list (of State Security) by radicalization.
The Interior Ministry spoke on Sunday with the mayors of France to alert them. The people targeted are included in the process of preventing terrorist radicalization, the FSPRT, according to the Alternative Police union.
Of this list, 180 people are currently in prison. The other 51, still at large, will be arrested, specifies the police union.
The French Interior Ministry has also asked its services to examine the files of asylum seekers in France more carefully, specifies the Alternative Police.
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These measures could strengthen the draft bill in preparation to fight radical Islam, which can be “complemented, expanded, deepened”, Emmanuel Macron’s entourage had previously indicated.
The council must, in particular, study measures relating to social networks, the defense of threatened teachers or the expulsion of radicalized foreigners, all issues raised by the murder of the teacher.
Ministers held consultations throughout the weekend to prepare proposals and several paths have already been mentioned.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced that it was necessary to expel these “231 undocumented people followed by suspected radicalization”, including the 180 who are in prison for whom “instructions have been given to expel” when they are released from prison.
Responsibility of social networks
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Sunday highlighted the “responsibility” of those who participated in the public lynching of Samuel Paty on the Internet “, but also that of the social networks that accept this type of publication.
After censorship of the Avia law by the Constitutional Council, in the name of freedom of expression, he specified that the government was working on “a legal system to combat hate on social media”. Marlène Schiappa, Minister of Citizenship, will receive those responsible for these networks on Tuesday (20).
Prime Minister Jean Castex and six ministers participate in this restricted Defense Council: Jean-Yves Le Drian (Foreign Affairs), Jean-Michel Blanquer (National Education), Florence Parly (Army), Gérald Darmanin (Interior), Eric Dupond- Moretti (Justice) and Marlène Schiappa (Citizenship). The prosecutor of the anti-terrorist Republic, Jean-François Ricard, also attended.
The Defense Council is the crisis body that allows the Head of State to decide immediately.
Emmanuel Macron went to the scene of the attack on Friday night (16), in Conflans-Saine-Honorine, where he called for “union in the face of” obscurantism “.
A national tribute will be paid to the murdered teacher on Wednesday (21), in coordination with the family.
Cryptocurrencies and the financing of terrorism
In addition, the French government is attentive to the financing of terrorism on European soil, which happens mainly through cryptocurrencies, allowing terrorists to withdraw money without leaving a trace.
“Cryptocurrencies are a real problem of financing terrorism,” French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday at France 3, who wants to take action after the beheading of the professor at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
“Today there is a problem of financing a number of Islamic associations or Islamic networks in which I think we should and can do better,” said the official who plans to make proposals to the Interior Minister, “to strengthen control over financial funds.”
In mid-September, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid and The Hague demanded stricter rules for the deployment of cryptocurrencies, such as Facebook’s Libra, on European soil.
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