French President Emmanuel Macron is now calling for the deportation of all migrants with ties to Islamic extremism following the recent murder of a teacher which was “inspired by Islam.”
Macron’s remarks signal a massive shift in the pro-immigration stance within EU-controlled France.
Over the last few years, the French capital of Paris has seen numerous riots, many of which stemmed from migrants originating from Islamic countries.
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Macron is reportedly requesting a review of all foreign migrants with ties to radical extremists for possible deportation after the murder of a French teacher by an Islamic terrorist.
Three days after a teacher was murdered by a Chechen immigrant on France’s extremist watchlist with a knife shouting “Allahu Akbar!,” the country has raised its anti-terrorism alert to the highest levels.
As the Middle East reels from the war in Israel and Gaza following the Hamas terrorist attacks that killed over 1,400 Israelis, Macron ordered his administration to carry out a review to determine which foreigners with a record of radicalism can be expelled from the country, according to reports.
According to the same report in Euronews, local authorities have 48 hours to examine in detail the files of “radicalized people drawn up by the secret services” to ensure that there are no “oversights” in their expulsion procedure.
Macron said during a Friday news briefing that police stopped a second attempted attack after the fatal stabbing of the teacher, which he said shows “the barbarism of Islamic terrorism.”
According to AFP, the 20-year-old suspect was already on a terror watchlist, which cited a police source who said he shouted the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar!” during the attack.
Macron wants the state to be “implacable against all those who support hatred and terrorist ideologies,” an adviser reportedly told French media.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has reportedly also instructed authorities to pay particular attention to young people from the Caucasus.
The government has said it is not trying to stigmatize any community.
Still, both the attacker who killed the teacher Friday and the murderer of Samuel Paty — a teacher beheaded by an Islamist three years ago — were from that region.
According to the local report, Darmanin has indicated that he will resume talks with Russia to organize these expulsions, which have been interrupted by the war in Ukraine.
“There are about 60 dossiers of Russian citizens,” the interior minister told the press.
“Among them are people from Chechnya. The instruction we had until now was to systematically expel these people who could be particularly dangerous,” he added.
The announcement follows reports of French police using teargas to break up a banned pro-Hamas rally in Paris on Thursday, as Macron urged the French to refrain from bringing the Israel-Hamas conflict to their borders.
“This event is an earthquake for Israel, the Middle East and beyond,” Macron said, according to a Reuters report.
“Let’s not pursue at home ideological adventures by imitating or projecting.”
“Let’s not add, through illusions or calculations, domestic divides to international divides,” the French president continued.
“The shield of unity will protect us from hatred and excesses.”
Over the weekend, France deployed 7,000 soldiers across the country following the fatal stabbing of a teacher in a school by a former student suspected of Islamic radicalization.
Intelligence services for radicalization had been surveying the suspect before the attack took place.
Court documents viewed by The Associated Press show the suspect is from the Ingushetia region in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains, which neighbors Chechnya.
As Reuters noted, France has been targeted by a series of Islamist attacks over the years, the worst being a simultaneous assault by gunmen and suicide bombers on entertainment venues and cafes in Paris in November 2015.
The Interior Ministry said the security situation would be reviewed at a meeting on Saturday afternoon to decide whether additional measures are necessary, Chaize said.