- Five other people have been arrested after the murderous attack on a teacher near Paris.
- The anti-terror prosecutor’s office confirmed this to the media. She did not give any further details.
- According to media reports, the arrested are said to be members of the alleged perpetrator’s family as well as other people.
- There are currently nine people in police custody, including a minor.
According to initial findings, the high school teacher was beheaded on Friday afternoon in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, and the alleged perpetrator was shot dead by emergency services in a neighboring community.
President Emmanuel Macron went to the crime scene that evening, but gave no details in a brief statement. It is expected that the investigators will comment on Saturday. The public prosecutor’s anti-terror investigators had taken over the investigation – Macron spoke of an Islamist act of terrorism.
Mohammed cartoons shown
The alleged perpetrator is reported to be an 18-year-old Chechen who was born in Moscow. There is speculation in France about the motive for the crime. The teacher is said to have shown Mohammed cartoons in class on the subject of freedom of expression. There was also displeasure at the school; the teacher was threatened, reported the TV channel Franceinfo.
The father of a 13-year-old told France Inter that the teacher asked Muslim students if they wanted to leave the room before showing the pictures. The teacher was not “condescending or disrespectful”.
France under the spell of terror
The fight against Islamic terrorism is one of the priorities of Macron and the center government of Prime Minister Jean Castex. France has been rocked by Islamist attacks for years.
“The murder of a history teacher is an attack on freedom of expression and the values of the republic,” the President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, wrote on Twitter. “Islamism is waging a war against us: we have to force it out of our country,” Marine Le Pen of the Rassemblement National said on Twitter.
Only a few weeks ago there was a knife attack in front of the former editorial building of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris. Two people were injured – here too, the investigators assume a terrorist background.
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