A teenager was accused in the southern French city of Marseille of supporting terrorism over remarks he made during a tribute to the murdered teacher Samuel Paty, a prosecutor said Thursday.
The 14-year-old boy, an Afghan national, openly welcomed the murder in class and said he had “done the same,” reported La Provence newspaper.
The teenager was released after questioning but will continue to be under supervision, Marseille prosecutor Dominique Laurens told AFP.
Marseille has seen seven such school-related incidents this week, the region’s head of education, Bernard Beignier, told La Provence.
Three of them were believed to include “justifying a terrorist act”.
Paty was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen man near his school outside Paris last month after an angry online campaign about him featured cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad as part of a free speech.
On Tuesday, prosecutors in the eastern city of Strasbourg opened an investigation into two 12-year-olds over comments made during a national tribute to Paty, suggesting the teacher got what he deserved.
They added that two similar incidents were reported involving children ages eight and nine, leading to a social welfare investigation.
Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin told lawmakers this week that since Paty’s death 66 investigations into alleged support for terrorism, often involving “young people aged 12 to 16”, have been opened.
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