Rabat - Collective hysteria has apparently engulfed France since the Charlie Hebdo attacks. French authorities appear to be going too far in their campaign against hate speech.
Rabat – Collective hysteria has apparently engulfed France since the Charlie Hebdo attacks. French authorities appear to be going too far in their campaign against hate speech.
An eight-year-old French boy, Ahmed, from the southern French city of Nice was reportedly questioned by police on Wednesday after he allegedly made comments in school supporting the Parisian terrorists who attacked satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.
According to media reports, when asked by other students if he was “Charlie”, the boy allegedly replied “I am with the terrorists”.
The police also questioned the child’s father following a report by the school’s headmaster.
Marcel Authier, director of the region’s public security, was quoted by the Agence France Press (AFP) as saying that the child raised concern when he refused to take part in a minute’s silence to honor the lives of the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, in which two terrorists fatally shot 12 people.
According to news website the Local France, the boy’s school reported the incident to the local education authorities which informed the police on the grounds that the student’s words constituted “glorifying terrorism”.
His teacher said the child also expressed “solidarity” with the gunmen.
The parents have reportedly filed a complaint against the school’s head teacher.
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