Hassan Bin Ali Al-Ansari, a Qatari expert on French affairs, was interviewed by Qatari sociologist Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khazraj Al-Ansari in videos that were uploaded to the Qatar-based YouTube channel, Al-Mujtama Online TV. In a video that was uploaded on December 9, 2020, Hassan Al-Ansari said that he does not rule out the possibility that the French police or intelligence services were involved in the recent beheading of French schoolteacher Samuel Paty. In addition, he said that most of the Muslims who have carried out attacks in France had been born and raised in France, and he argued that this is evidence that something is wrong with France as a country, rather than with Islam.
In a video that was uploaded on December 11, Hassan Al-Ansari said that Muslim voters can and should play a leading role in ousting French President Emmanuel Macron, and he criticized the disdain with which he claimed France treats its Muslim population. In addition, he criticized the UAE’s leadership for its stances and policies regarding France. For more about the interviewer, Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Ansari, see MEMRI TV Clips No. 8165, No. 8031, No. 7511, No. 7246, No. 7134, No. 7108, No. 7085.
Hassan Bin Ali Al-Ansari, December 9, 2020: "I do not believe those who claim that the French and other intelligence services are unaware of what is happening in Islamic and Muslim circles. They know every little detail.
"They say that they fight terrorism, but France has failed miserably in its 'war on terrorism.' The terrorism they are talking about is from the past 10-15 years, and is related to France's foreign policy. Do not forget that."
Host: "Do you believe that the French intelligence services are behind the killing of the teacher?"
Al-Ansari: "I cannot say for certain, but I do not rule out this possibility, for one reason..."
Host: "No one saw the [decapitated] head of the teacher."
Al-Ansari: "Leave it for now... If you look at previous incidents, all those who have committed these acts were young, and they were not known to frequent the mosques. The Minister of Interior announced that he is going to close mosques, but the problem is not with the mosques. It is with the French people. The young men who committed these acts did not come from their original countries. They were born and raised in France, under French rule and French law. So where does the problem lie? The problem is with you, the French.
"I do not rule out the involvement of the [French] intelligence services. As someone who follows the events, when I see that most of those who committed these acts were killed... They were killed right after the operation.
Host: "With their ID cards lying next to them..."
Al-Ansari: "Those who committed the incident at the Charlie Hebdo magazine... Their ID cards were found in a garbage can or something in Paris. Afterwards, they besieged them in a suburb outside Paris, in a warehouse belonging to a certain company, and killed them both. Even the one who allegedly beheaded the teacher... They said that he was [only] holding a knife, and he was surrounded by the police, so why was he killed? Why wasn't he shot in the leg, or taken in for questioning?"
Host: "There are still secrets. There are still secrets."
Al-Ansari, December 11, 2020: "When the French government felt that the Muslims might play a role... They should play a role. Especially today, after all the incidents, they must play a leading role. Today, inshallah, they are capable of turning the tables on Macron. Muslims make up 8-10% of the French population, and about 5-6% of those eligible to vote are Muslims. This is a game changer. One should not underestimate these 5-6%. They can be a game changer. How did Macron come to power in 2017? Because of the Muslim votes.
"Nevertheless, the government insists on treating the Muslims in France with contempt and disdain, and keeps marginalizing and ignoring them. Right? Of course, I cannot rule out the involvement of French intelligence services or police. It exists, as I have told you..."
Host: "So, the policy of sowing discord and strife among the Muslims exists."
Al-Ansari: "In addition, do not forget that this insolence towards Islam and the Muslims goes back to what is going on in our region. In some countries... We all saw how in the UAE, unfortunately, this Abdullah bin Zayed was talking about [Muslim] extremists and so on. A fool like that is talking about Muslims in Europe? What do you know about Muslims in Europe? Mind your own business. Mohammad bin Zayed donated 8 million Euros to the far-right party in France that fights against Islam and the Muslims. What insolence! What depravity!"