“A citizen was killed today because he was a teacher and taught about freedom of expression,” said President Emmanuel Macron as he visited the scene Friday night.
He described the killing of the teacher as a terrorist attack.
“Islamist terrorists will not win,” Macron said.
The attack took place around 5 pm in the suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, near a school, writes Le Monde. A spokesman for French police told Reuters the victim was a middle school teacher.
The man was a history and geography teacher and is said to have shown Mohammed caricatures to the students during a school lesson, French police say.
Four people, including one minor, have been arrested after the attack in Paris. It informs sources to the news agency AFP night to Saturday. The four must be connected to the attacker.
Suspect shot and killed
According to the news agency AFP, the suspect died after being shot by police in a nearby town.
Police rushed to the scene after receiving a phone call about a suspicious man. They then discovered the victim and found the suspected perpetrator a few hundred meters away. The police state that he had a knife and a so-called softgun, and that he opposed arrest. The man was shot and wounded, and later died of his injuries.
French police say the man shouted “allahu akbar”, ahead of the attack.
Investigated as terrorism
On Twitter writes AFP that the incident is being investigated as an act of terrorism.
After the incident, a bomb squad also moved out to the scene, for fear that there might be a bomb vest there. The public was warned against approaching the place.
To the French radio channel Europe 1, mayor Thibault Humbert says it was “indescribably violent”.
– It is important to emphasize how quickly the police neutralized the perpetrator, says Humbert.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin was to travel to Morocco, but has decided to return to Paris immediately, writes Le Monde.
Got up to remember the victim
Just before 8 pm on Friday night, members of the French National Assembly rose to commemorate the slain teacher and to condemn a “heinous attack”.
The teacher is said to have received threats for several days after he showed Muhammad caricatures that were discussed in the teaching.
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer tweeted on Friday night about the attack.
– Tonight, the republic has experienced a despicable murder. I’m thinking of him and his family tonight. Our community and steadfastness is the only response to the atrocities of Islamist terror, Blanquer wrote on Twitter.
The incident is reminiscent of an attack that took place in the French capital at the end of September. An 18-year-old Pakistani man then attacked two men outside Charlie Hebdo’s former premises. A meat ax was used in the attack. The victims were seriously injured.
Le Figaro writes that this is the 33rd attack that has taken place in France since 2017.