"I am Fofana, Youssouf, a young Muslim who has flaws and who has made mistakes," says the man on the videos posted on YouTube. The man insists he is a "war trophy" taken by New York zionists, le daily L’Est-Eclair reveals.
"It’s unacceptable to see something like that today," said Emmanuel Gauthrin, an official working for the prison section of the trade union FO, in an interview with Le Monde.
French prosecutors in the town of Troyes have opened a inquiry into how the videos were posted on the web. Le Monde reports that Fofana’s cell was searched and that no recording equipment was found inside.
Fofana, the leader of a gang called the Barbarians, was handed a life sentence in 2009 for the murder of a Jewish man Ilan Halimi.
Halimi was held for three weeks by Fofana and several other gang members in the basement of building in the Paris outskirts. He was found naked, severaly burnt and handcuffed to a tree.
Halimi was lured into a trap set up by Fofana and his accomplices when he was approached by a female gang member in a mobile phone shop.