After the murder of Samuel Paty, the cutthroat of Rambouillet wrote on Facebook: “O Muslims, now we will respond to the insults from France.” Two months later, he obtained his residence permit.
April 30, 2021
Four months before the attack at Rambouillet, the Prefecture of Val-de-Marne had issued a residence permit to the murderer Jamel Gorchene. Before awarding such a title, the services of the prefecture verify that the person doesn’t constitute a “menace to public order”. In his case, there had been no alert. This in spite of the troubling messages that he had posted on Facebook.
How did the Prefecture of Val-de-Marne come to regularize an undocumented person who spread radical propaganda on social media?
Jamel Gorchene, this Tunisian national who stabbed a policewoman to death at the police headquarters of Rambouillet (Yvelines), had been issued a temporary residence permit on 28 December 2020, well after the first alarming messages had surfaced on his online profiles. Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor Jean-François Ricard also emphasized: Since the fall, the attacker showed on his public Facebook account, “an adherence to an ideology legitimizing violence against those who have offended the Prophet.”
These messages, visible to all — Marianne gained access without difficulty — seem to bear witness. Beginning in April, 2020, he only posted prayers and Koranic verses, while closely following the radical sermons of Sheikh Ali-al Qaradawi, a 72-year-old Qatari close to the Muslim Brotherhood. A few days after the beheading of Samuel Paty, he justified future violence on social media. “O Muslims, now we will respond to the insults from France and Macron against our Prophet Mohammad.”