The situation with a surge of Islamophobia in France after the murder of teacher Samuel Paty seems to be gaining more and more threatening momentum.
The situation in France has already been tense in recent years, especially after the wave of the "migration crisis" in 2014-2015, when crowds of refugees from the Middle East and Africa poured into Europe.
Now social tension in society, information "overheating" of the population, general post-like irritation and anger, as well as the games of power with tolerance and freedom of speech, which for some reason it identifies with disrespect and permissiveness, have very serious consequences.
The brutal murder of a teacher by a Chechen extremist in response to the demonstration of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad provoked a harsh reaction from the security forces, which rushed to conduct searches in mosques and Muslim humanitarian and human rights organizations.
Leaders of Muslim communities in France have protested against such measures, urging authorities not to associate all Muslims with this gruesome murder, which they collectively condemned. Nevertheless, the government did not stop it.
Several Muslim organizations were closed, and a bill to combat Islamic radicalism was introduced to parliament. Its details are not fully known to anyone, but Muslims believe that it will give the security forces too broad powers that will allow them to interfere in their personal life and work.
In addition, the Muslim community of the Paris metropolitan region stated that the organizations closed by the police were engaged only in humanitarian activities and the protection of minority rights and had nothing to do with the murder of Samuel Paty.
Even international human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International, condemned the massive detentions of Muslims in France and the searches of their homes and apartments, mosques, and schools, believing that the French authorities were going too far and only aggravating the situation, further splitting society.
The final blow was struck by President Emmanuel Macron, making a rather pretentious (as usual) speech in which he spoke out in defense of the right to display cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and declared that he was starting a fight against "Islamic separatism."
Naturally, France's opponents in the international arena immediately took advantage of this, primarily Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who attacked Macron with criticism and called for a boycott of French goods.
Emmanuel Macron's speech caused a negative reaction in the Muslim world. Many countries took his comments about the murder of the teacher and cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as a "hit" on all Islam and all Muslims.
Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Jordan have joined the boycott of French goods. Iran also condemned Macron's speech, accusing him of “inciting extremism,” but said nothing about the boycott.
The murder of a French teacher develops into a full-fledged international scandal and becomes one of the areas of political confrontation between different countries, mainly France and Turkey. But in France itself, the murder will only spur the right on the eve of the 2022 elections...