The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Saturday sent her “thoughts” to teachers “in France and throughout Europe” after the beheading of a history professor at a college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, near Paris. “I learned with horror of the assassination of a professor in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. I extend my condolences to his family and to the French. My thoughts are also with the teachers, in France and everywhere in Europe. Without them there are no citizens. Without them, there is no democracy, ”she posted on Twitter.
“Barbarism killed a professor”, for his part commented the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, on the same social network. “Obscurantism cannot reduce freedom of expression. We must all defend the values that underpin our democracy,” he added.
Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmès assured that Belgium and France would remain “united in the fight against radicalism and terrorism in the name of our common democratic values and principles”.
“France will overcome this existential threat, because Republican values are stronger than any of its enemies,” for his part tweeted the former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, now MEP.
Shortly after the attack, which took place on Friday at around 5:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. GMT) near the school, an investigation was opened for “murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise” and “criminal terrorist association” by the French national anti-terrorism prosecution . The beheading of this professor, who had shown his students caricatures of Mohammed, according to the first elements of the investigation, struck France with fear. President Emmanuel Macron described the facts as an “Islamist terrorist attack”. The identity of the assailant, who shouted “Allah Akbar” before being shot by the police, according to a source close to the investigation, has been confirmed by investigators: he is a young Chechen Russian 18-year-old born in Moscow.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on Saturday addressed her “thoughts” to teachers “in France and everywhere in Europe” after the beheading of a history professor at a college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, near Paris. “I learned with horror of the murder of a professor in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. I extend my condolences to his family and to …