France teacher had received ‘days of threats’ before his brutal killing

The teacher who was beheaded in a street in France had received threats after showing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils, French media report.

Nine people have been arrested, including the parents of a child at the school where the teacher was working, judicial sources are quoted as saying.

The attacker was shot dead by police near the scene of Friday’s killing.

Police say the attacker was an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin.

The killing took place while a trial is under way in Paris over a 2015 Islamist assault on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was targeted for publishing the cartoons.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the attack bore all the hallmarks of an “Islamist terrorist attack” and the teacher had been murdered because he “taught freedom of expression”.

Speaking at the scene hours after the incident, he stressed national unity. “They will not prevail, they will not divide us,” he said.

What do we know?

The attack occurred at about 17:00 (15:00 GMT) near a middle school in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, some 30km (20 miles) north-west of central Paris.

A man wielding a large knife attacked the teacher in the street, cutting off his head. Witnesses are said to have heard the attacker shout “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is Greatest”.

The attacker then ran off, but local police were quickly at the scene, having been alerted by the public.

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Charlie Hebdo: a sober homage to the victims Place de la République in Paris

Two years after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher, a few hundred people gathered on Saturday evening at the Place de la République in Paris , In a sober tribute to the 17 victims, whose names were read.

“It’s raining, it’s cold, I’m a little cold, but I still came, because I had to be there,” explained to the AFP, visibly moved, an elderly woman leaning on a cane, which experienced Cabu when drawing in a lecture hall in May 68. the attack against Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper (12 died January 7, 2015), “it’s something, especially as it was the starting point for all What followed after, “she added, referring to the wave of attacks that France has faced in two years.

A “participatory canvas” was unrolled at the foot of the statue, made of colorful hands where dozens of people wrote a message in tribute to the victims. The gathering was announced Friday at the call of the French Association of Victims of Terrorism (AFVT), supported by several organizations including SOS Racisme, Licra and UEJF.”Every day victims need attention, recognition””We could not not be there,” Guillaume Denoix of Saint Marc, general manager of the AfVT, told the press a “I’m still Charlie” sign in hand [. . . ]

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