Four suspects, aged 17 to 21, were in contact with the main suspect in a cleaver attack in Paris that left two people injured.
French authorities have arrested and arrested four Pakistanis who are suspected of having links to a meat cloak attack by a partner outside the former Charlie Hebdo offices each week injuring two people, against Friday.
The four suspects, aged between 17 and 21, were in contact with the attacker, a source familiar with the case said.
They suspect they are aware of the attacker’s plot and force him to do so, according to another legal source close to the investigation.
Three of them were charged Friday with participating in a terrorist conspiracy and placed in pre-trial detention. The fourth charge was already filed on Wednesday.
Two people were arrested in the southwestern province of Gironde, a third in the northern port city of Caen and the last in the Paris area.
“They share their ideology and one of them expressed their hatred for France a few days before the action,” said one source.
Backup against Macron
News of the allegations came two days after a Paris court convicted 13 supporters of the gunmen who murdered Charlie Hebdo staff in January 2015.
To mark the beginning of that experiment in early September, the magazine, in a typical inspirational style, had reprinted the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Three weeks later, a Pakistani man injured two people outside the old offices of the week, slamming them with a cleat.
The attacker, identified as Zaheer Hassan Mahmoud, 25, was arrested after the September attack on terrorism charges and remains in custody.
He told investigators that, prior to the attack, he had watched “videos from Pakistan” regarding the sarcastic magazine’s decision to republish the cartoons.
On October 16, a young Chechen refugee headed over teacher Samuel Paty, who had revealed some of the pictures to his pupils.
Less than two weeks later, three people were killed when young Tunisia recently arrived in Europe on a stabbing spree at a church in the Mediterranean town of Nice.
President Emmanuel Macron’s government has introduced legislation to address what he calls “radicalism” in France, a bill that has provoked anger and protests in some Muslim countries.
Macron has also defied backing from Muslim activists after reaching a speech in October that Islam was “in global crisis” and announced his plan “to reform Islam”. ”To make it more in line with his country’s republican values.
While Muslims in France have condemned the recent attacks and killings, they have also expressed fears of severe punishment amid government crackdowns targeting Islamic groups and attacks. from vigilante groups on mosques.