The Paris prosecutor, who had opened an investigation into the damage committed during the occupation of a Paris shopping center by Extinction Rebellion, widened Monday for "apology of terrorism" after the discovery of tags evoking the attack of the prefecture of Paris, one learned Wednesday of judicial source. From concordant sources, the messages "Harpoon, returns (sic) it is missing full", "RIP Harpoon" and "ceramic knife" were registered in the mall Italy 2, occupied Saturday for 17 hours by hundreds of the militants of the international environmental movement.
Saturday night, the tag "Ceramic knife!" written in red letter was covered by posters, evoking the movement of "yellow vests" or a poster of Christophe Castaner with the word "Wanted", had found an AFP journalist.
On social networks, many Internet users were indignant at this tag two days after the deadly attack. Other anti-capitalist activists and "yellow vests" had joined the occupation. Several tags hostile to the police appeared, raising tensions between their authors and environmental activists who tried to erase them, according to videos broadcast on social networks.
A complaint lodged by the prefect of police for "apologie du terrorisme"
The parquet floor of Paris had opened Saturday an investigation for "degradation in meeting" entrusted to the police station of the thirteenth arrondissement. The discovery of the tags praising the killing perpetrated by Mickael Harpon led Monday the prosecution to extend the procedure to facts of "apology of terrorism," said the judicial source. The prefect of police has filed a complaint for "apology of terrorism," said the prefecture.
On 3 October, Mickaël Harpon, who had been working at the prefecture since 2003, killed four of his colleagues with a knife (metal and not ceramic, as indicated for a while in the media), before being shot.
This 45-year-old computer scientist had been converting to Islam for about ten years and was dating members of the "Islamist Salafist" movement, according to the investigators. Well integrated in his team, he had not been worried by his hierarchy despite some signals of a possible radicalization.