The victim was a teacher at a high school in the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine area, according to the French National Anti-Terror Prosecutor’s office. The alleged Moscow-born assailant was shot by police on Friday afternoon in Er⁇ ragny, in the same place where the victim’s body was found. Nine individuals were arrested for questioning in connection with the attack, including the suspect’s parents, grandparents and siblings, the judicial source added.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the teacher was a “victim of an Islamist aggression.” Speaking at the site of the attack, Macron said the educator was “killed because he was teaching students freedom of speech, the freedom to believe and disbelieve.”
Nordine Chaouadi, a parent of one of the students at the school, told Agence France-Presse that the teacher took the Muslim children to class before showing the caricatures. “My son told me this was just to keep them, it was not in pure kindness, because he had to show a cartoon of the prophet of Islam and only said to the young Muslims: ‘Come out, I do not want to hurt your feelings, ‘that’s what my son told me, “he said.
Police provided some other details about the attacker, the victim or the incident. The prosecutor’s office for fear, which took over the investigation into the attack, did not speak to the public about a motive.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmamin said on Twitter that he “keeps himself directly aware” the situation “from the crisis room (he) opened, in contact with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.”
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer described the attack as a “heinous murder of one of its servants, a teacher,” and said his attitude was with the victim’s family.
Friday’s attack came as an ongoing trial linked to a series of terrorist attacks in January 2015 that began with a massacre in Charlie Hebdo’s offices following the publication of cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed .