PARIS — A knife-wielding man decapitated a instructor close to a faculty in a suburb north of Paris on Friday afternoon and was later shot lifeless by the police, officers stated, in a confrontation that shortly escalated right into a trauma that captivated all of France.
A police officer with information of the assault confirmed French media studies that the sufferer was a historical past instructor at an area college who had proven caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad at school. The officer requested anonymity due to the ongoing investigation.
France’s antiterrorism prosecutors instantly took over the investigation, and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin lower brief a visit to Morocco to fly again to Paris. President Emmanuel Macron went to the scene, in accordance with the Élysée, seat of the presidency.
Little different data was instantly accessible about the sufferer, the attacker or the assault itself, which happened in the suburb of Eragny. But the underlying themes conjured up France’s current historical past of terrorist assaults.
The decapitation got here three weeks after a knife-wielding man wounded two people in Paris close to the website of the former Charlie Hebdo workplace — the scene of a 2015 terrorist assault focusing on the satirical newspaper for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that turned the focus of a prison trial.
On Friday, a police union official instructed the French tv station BFM that witnesses had seen the attacker in Eragny slicing the sufferer’s throat and shouting “Allahu akbar” — God is biggest.
The nationwide police had been referred to as, officers stated, and after having found the decapitated sufferer, confronted the assailant close by, shut to a college.
Brandishing a big knife, he threatened the officers, and after refusing to give up, was shot 10 occasions, they stated.
A prosecutor from the nation’s particular antiterrorism unit was instantly despatched to research, officers stated.
The killing of the instructor shortly took on nationwide proportions Friday night. Representatives in France’s parliament rose to “honor the victim’s memory,” stated the president of the session, parliamentary deputy Hugues Renson.
“The assassination 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, stated on Twitter. “To attack a teacher is to attack all French citizens and freedom,” he stated.
“A teacher was killed just for doing his job,” Sophie Venetitay, a academics’ union official, instructed BFM. She stated the instructor taught a course on freedom of expression, throughout the course of which the caricatures had been proven, “and that seems to have been at the origin of this tragedy.”