A French Muslim coffee shop owner has received death threats after displaying a sign reading “Je suis Charlie” outside his London café. Adel Defilaux says a man stormed into his business, The Antishop, in Brick Lane, East London, at 9.30 yesterday morning, demanding he take the sign down.
However, Mr Defilaux remained defiant, at which point the man became aggressive and warned that anyone who supported the French magazine should die.
Mr Defilaux told the London Evening Standard: “He came in very aggressively and he told me to remove the sign. I asked him why and he said his community was offended by it and said if I didn’t remove it something bad was going to happen.
“I told him I was Muslim myself and I wanted to talk gently with him and I said people can’t kill journalists for expressing themselves.
“I calmly explained to him that what he was saying was not the reality of Islam. I thought I could calm him down, but it had the opposite effect. He went crazy.
“He said ‘I believe these people deserve to be killed and anyone supporting them deserves also to be killed’.