The case is being updated.
French police on Friday night confirmed reports in the French media, including Le Parisen, that the man had used the controversial caricatures in the teaching.
A suspected perpetrator was shot and killed after behaving threateningly, police say.
The man’s identity has not been officially confirmed, but according to sources, an ID card was found on him showing that he was born in Moscow in 2002. During the attack, he allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar”, which is Arabic and means “God is greatest”. ».
Sources inform AFP that four people, including a minor, have been arrested after the attack. They must all be related to the suspected perpetrator.
Macron: The nation must not be divided
French President Emmanuel Macron visited the scene on Friday night, where he described the attack as an “Islamist terrorist attack”.
– One of our countrymen was killed today because he taught about freedom of speech, the freedom to believe or not believe, said a clearly marked Macron.
The president further said that the attack should not divide France, because that is exactly “what the extremists are looking for”.
– We must all stand together as citizens, he said.
Charlie Hebdo trial
The news of the murder comes at the same time as a trial is underway in the wake of the terrorist attack on the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in 2015, in which twelve people were killed.
The reason Charlie Hebdo became the target of the attack was that the satire magazine had printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad several times.
The attack on Friday took place around 5 pm at a school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb west of the French capital. The victim was a history teacher at the secondary school level, and had recently shown Muhammad caricatures and discussed them in teaching, for which he later received threats, police officers say.
Police say they are investigating the incident as “a murder linked to a terrorist organization”. They rushed to the scene after receiving a phone call about a suspicious man who was staying there.
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.
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.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who is traveling in Morocco, will return to Paris immediately after the incident. He has had talks with Prime Minister Jean Castex and President Emmanuel Macron, Darmanin’s office said.
The incident is reminiscent of an attack that took place in the French capital at the end of September, when two men from a TV production company were attacked with a meat ax outside Charlie Hebdo’s former premises. They were seriously injured but survived. A 25-year-old Pakistani man has been charged with the crime.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said shortly after the attack “was obviously an Islamist terrorist act”.
The 25-year-old is said to have justified the act with the satire magazine’s publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.