PARIS – A man with a knife cut a teacher near a school in a suburb north of Paris on Friday afternoon and was later shot by police, officials said, in a confrontation that escalated into a traumatic trauma. throughout France.
A police officer with knowledge of the attack confirmed the French media report that the victim was a history teacher at a local school displaying cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in class. The officer requested anonymity due to the ongoing investigation.
French antiterrorism prosecutors immediately took over the investigation, and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin shortened the trip to Morocco to fly back to Paris. President Emmanuel Macron went to the scene, according to the Élysée, chair of the presidency.
Little information is immediately available about the victim, the attacker or the attack itself, which took place in the Eragny suburb. But the underlying themes reflect the recent history of French terrorist attacks.
The blast came three weeks after a man with a knife wounded two people in Paris near the site of Charlie Hebdo’s former office – the scene of a 2015 terrorist attack targeted at satirical newspapers for cartoons of Prophet Muhammad that became the focus of criminal trial.
On Friday, a police union official told French television station BFM that witnesses saw the attacker in Eragny cut off the victim’s throat and shout “Allahu akbar” – God is the greatest.
The national police were called, officials said, and after discovering the beaten victim, confronted the assailant near, near a school.
Branding a large knife, he threatened officers, and then refused to surrender, was shot 10 times, they said.
A prosecutor from the country’s special antiterrorism unit was immediately dispatched to investigate, officials said.
Teacher killings quickly took national toll on Friday night. Representatives in the French parliament rose to “respect the memory of the victim,” said the session president, parliamentary deputy Hugues Renson.
“The assassination of a history teacher is an attack on the freedom of expression and values of the republic,” National Assembly President Richard Ferrand said on Twitter. “Attacking a teacher is an attack on all French citizens and freedom,” he said.
“A teacher was killed just for doing his job,” Sophie Venetitay, a teachers’ union official, told BFM. He said the teacher taught a course about freedom of expression, while in the course the cartoons were shown, “and it seems to have come from this tragedy.”