The instructor had spoken caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad along with his course, police said. The supposed attacker was shot to death by authorities following Friday’s beheading.
The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation regarding murder using a suspected terrorist rationale, the prosecutor’s office stated.
Macron visited the school in which the teacher was employed in the city of Conflans-Saint-Honorine and fulfilled employees following the slaying.
“Among our compatriots was killed now because he educated… the liberty of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe,” Macron explained.
He said the assault should not split France because that is exactly what the extremists want. “We have to stand together as citizens,” he explained.
The gruesome killing of this instructor happened from the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine while the defendant was killed by authorities in adjacent Eragny.
A police officer said the defendant, armed with a knife and an airsoft rifle — that fires plastic pellets — has been shot dead roughly 600 meters (yards) from where the man teacher was murdered after he failed to respond to requests to put his arms down, and then acted in a threatening way.
The instructor had received threats after launching a conversation” to get a discussion” concerning the caricatures about ten days ago, the police officer told The Associated Press. The parent of a pupil had registered a complaint against the instructor, another police officer said, adding that the supposed killer didn’t have a kid in the school. The defendant’s identity wasn’t made public.
The defendant’s identity wasn’t made public. That information couldn’t be immediately verified.
Both officials couldn’t be named because they weren’t authorized to talk about ongoing investigations.
France has witnessed occasional violence between the Chechen community in recent months, at the Dijon area, the southern city of Nice, and also the western city of Saint-Dizier considered connected to local criminal activity.
The assault came as Macron is compelling for a new law against what he calls nationally”separatism,” especially by Islamic radicals accused of indoctrinating vulnerable individuals through home colleges, extremist preaching along with other pursuits.
“We did not see that coming,” Conflans resident Remi Inform said on CNews TV channel. He described the city as peaceful.
This was the 2nd terrorism-related episode since the launch of a continuing trial on the newsroom massacre on Jan. 2015 in the newspaper Charlie Hebdo following the publication of caricatures of the prophet of Islam.
Since the trial started, the newspaper republished caricatures of the prophet to highlight the right of liberty of expression. Just three months ago, a young guy from Pakistan was arrested after traumatic, outside the paper’s former offices, two individuals who endured non-life-threatening harms. The 18-year-old told authorities he was angry about the book of their caricatures.
The episode came as Macron’s government is working on a bill to deal with Islamist radicals that police claim are developing a parallel society beyond the worthiness of the French Republic.