PARIS — A knife-wielding man decapitated a trainer close to a faculty in a suburb north of Paris on Friday afternoon and was later shot useless 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 reviews that the sufferer was a historical past trainer at a neighborhood faculty who had proven caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in school. The officer requested anonymity due to the continued investigation.
France’s antiterrorism prosecutors instantly took over the investigation, and Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin lower quick a visit to Morocco to fly again to Paris. President Emmanuel Macron went to the scene, in keeping with the Élysée, seat of the presidency.
Little different data was instantly obtainable in regards to the sufferer, the attacker or the assault itself, which befell within the suburb of Eragny. However the underlying themes conjured up France’s latest historical past of terrorist assaults.
The decapitation got here three weeks after a knife-wielding man wounded two people in Paris close to the location of the previous Charlie Hebdo workplace — the scene of a 2015 terrorist assault concentrating on the satirical newspaper for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that turned the main focus of a legal trial.
On Friday, a police union official advised 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 faculty.
Brandishing a big knife, he threatened the officers, and after refusing to give up, was shot 10 instances, they stated.
A prosecutor from the nation’s particular antiterrorism unit was instantly despatched to analyze, officers stated.
The killing of the trainer shortly took on nationwide proportions Friday night. Representatives in France’s parliament rose to “honor the sufferer’s reminiscence,” stated the president of the session, parliamentary deputy Hugues Renson.
“The assassination of a historical past trainer is an assault on freedom of expression and the values of the republic,” the president of the Nationwide Meeting, Richard Ferrand, stated on Twitter. “To assault a trainer is to assault all French residents and freedom,” he stated.
“A trainer was killed only for doing his job,” Sophie Venetitay, a lecturers’ union official, advised BFM. She stated the trainer taught a course on freedom of expression, throughout the course of which the caricatures had been proven, “and that appears to have been on the origin of this tragedy.”