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Attack in Conflans: what role did Abdelhakim Sefrioui, Islamist activist, play?


Filed S and registered in the files of radicalized people, this man known to the intelligence services had personally called for the

“It's been five to six years that children aged 12-13, Muslims, have been shocked, assaulted, humiliated in front of their comrades […] We have said that we demanded the immediate suspension of this thug.

"Facing the camera, Abdelhakim Sefrioui criticizes this Thursday, October 8, the course on freedom of expression given by" Mr. Paty "three days earlier.

A harangue filmed in front of the college in Bois d'Aulne, at the very place where parents of pupils, pupils, teachers and anonymous inhabitants came to meditate in large numbers nine days later.

In the same place, too, where the assailant patiently waited for the teacher's exit to brutally murder him on Friday afternoon.


From a college course to the attack… The 11 days that influenced the assassin of the teacher from Conflans

The images first show a student's parent, also in custody, asking his daughter what happened during the course.

The girl does so, says that the teacher suggested that the students leave the classroom because he was about to show pictures that might shock them.

What images?

“A naked man” she replies, referring to the cartoon of Muhammad published by Charlie Hebdo.

On the extract, Abdelhakim Sefrioui appears several minutes later.

He tells about his meeting with the principal of the establishment.

“We explained the seriousness of the matter but it did not seem to shock the principal nor the CPE in any other way […] We left there with the firm intention of mobilizing for action in front of the establishment and the academic inspection, ”he explains in particular.

Omnipresent Sefrioui

During the days preceding the attack, Abdelhakim Sefrioui was omnipresent alongside the father of the family.

He was with him during the shooting of each of his videos.

He was there, again, when this parent of a student filed a complaint for dissemination of pornographic images.

Both were still heard by investigators on Saturday evening as part of their custody.

The police are trying to find out to what extent the dissemination of these videos, and the "publicity" given to Mr. Paty, influenced the terrorist's bloodthirsty gesture.

Abdelhakim Sefrioui's wife was also taken into custody.

Abdelhakim Sefrioui is well known to French intelligence.

It is filed S and registered in the files of radicalized people.

In the video of October 8, he presents himself as a member of a "Council of Imams of France" which would in fact, according to BFMTV, have no legal existence.

A presentation today qualified by Dhaou Meskine, its secretary general, in a press release.

“No one has been allowed to speak about this tragedy or any other matter on behalf of the Council of Imams, we dissociate ourselves from anything that has been said on our behalf.


"What interests us is action"

Abdelhakim Sefrioui notably distinguished himself by founding in 2004 the pro-Palestinian collective Cheikh Yassine, named after the founder of Hamas, killed by the Israeli army that same year.

In 2010, he detailed to the Parisian the reasons that had pushed him to create this collective.

“We are campaigning for the liberation of Palestine,” he explained, “we are resistance fighters and not a terrorist commando, as some media have said.

What interests us is action, but peaceful action, in compliance with the law.

Our hard core has 70 people, especially in Ile-de-France, but we are the most active in the field.

We are also planning to form associations in several cities.


For years, this collective notably led a sling against the imam of Drancy, Hassen Chalgoumi, but also that of the great mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, to demand their departures.

In 2010, Le Parisien recounted the arrest of Sefrioui in front of the Drancy mosque, when the authorities had banned yet another gathering, fearing "disturbances to public order".

Questioned by the weekly Marianne, Hassen Chalgoumi claims to have been placed under police protection because of these clashes.

He says he was the victim of repeated threats and says that "two people from Sheikh Yassin came to (him) to attack (him)".

The intruders were reportedly caught, equipped with a camera, climbing the wall of his home.

Committed to Dieudonné

In 2014, the Ministry of the Interior seriously considered the dissolution of this collective, then told the daily Liberation in particular.

"Cheikh Yassine, composed of about thirty" brothers "from the Paris region, would run, alone, the site of the religious association Ansar-al Haqq, a platform working to recruit for the jihad", could we read then .

That same year, Abdelhakim Sefrioui took part in pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris, chanting slogans praising Hamas and Islamic jihad.

Before these stories, the man taught for years in the National Education.

Interviewed in 2003 by La Vie, the one who then ran a bookstore in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris explained that he had taught computer science.

In 2006, he was found alongside Dieudonné.

At the time, he had joined his campaign office, when the latter said he was considering a candidate for the presidential election.

An office in which far-right activists, negationists and other radical Islamists could rub shoulders.

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Abdelhakim Sefrioui seems to have made the coup d 'brilliance a specialty.

It appears in numerous press articles published in recent years.

In 2010, for example, when the radio Europe 1 recounted the trial between two members of the Cheikh Yassine collective and Imam Chalghoumi.

A fully veiled woman would then have tried to enter the court of Bobigny.

Sefrioui then denounced the treatment of a woman who had been "excluded like a filthy".

A year later, he presented himself with his supporters in front of a high school in Saint-Ouen, as an accompanist for the mother of a student recalled to the principles of secularism for wearing the abaya, a long and dark dress. that she wore while removing the veil.

The “black dresses affair” was born.

How much could his new "coup d'etat" influence the commission of the attack?

Investigators still have several hours to try to answer them.

Source: leparis

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