- It is reported that the teacher received threats after starting a "debate" about cartoons with students
- Some students’ parents have also lodged complaints.
- The attacker was shot dead by the police.
The police have not disclosed the identity of the suspect. According to the “Parisian”, the attacker was an 18-year-old man with a Chechen background, born in Moscow. When committing the crime, he was carrying a knife and an air gun, and he shouted “Allahu Akbar” when he committed the crime.
Local media reported that the tragedy took place at around 17:00 on the 16th in the town of Conflans Sainte-Honorine in the northwest of Paris. A history teacher was “beheaded” and killed. It was said that he had discussed the “prophet” with students in a class.
According to the Associated Press and Russian Television Today (RT) news, on the afternoon of the 16th local time, a history teacher in the suburbs of Paris once showed the students the Islamic prophet Muhammad in class. In the cartoon, he was “beheaded” by a man with a knife in front of the school gate.
The image of “Muhammad” and showing Muhammad’s cartoons to students is considered blasphemous. It is reported that the teacher received threats after starting a “debate” about cartoons with students about 10 days ago. Some students’ parents have also lodged complaints.
The attacker was shot dead by the police. French President Macron referred to the attack as an “Islamic terrorist attack.”
After the incident, French President Macron, who attended the EU summit in Belgium, and French Interior Minister Darmanin, who is visiting Morocco, have now returned to Paris. After Macron arrived at Conflans Sainte-Honorine, where the attack occurred, he called the case “a typical Islamic terrorist attack.”
Macron said that the attack on this history teacher was an attack on the values of the French Republic and its Enlightenment. He called on the French people to unite and resist extreme terrorism.
The Associated Press stated that France is the country with the largest Muslim population in Western Europe, with a population of more than 5 million, and Islam is the country’s second-largest religion.
Just half a month ago, when Macron delivered a speech in Les Mureaux, Île-de-France, he also emphasized the need to guard against and a crackdown on religious separatism and strengthen the supervision of religious associations.
Charlie Hebdo on Friday tweeted: “Intolerance just reached a new threshold and seems to stop at nothing to impose terror in our country.”
“A civilization does not kill an innocent person, barbarism does,” Tareq Oubrou, imam of a mosque in Bordeaux, told France Inter. “Every day that passes without incident we give thanks,” he said. “We are between hammer and anvil. It attacks the republic, society, peace, and the very essence of religion, which is about togetherness.”
Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted that “our teachers will continue to awaken the critical spirit of the citizens of the republic, to emancipate them from all totalitarianism”.
“[My daughter] is in pieces, terrorized by the violence of such an act. How will I explain to her the unthinkable?” one father wrote on Twitter.