Macron calls killing of ‘beheaded’ French teacher an ‘Islamist terrorist attack’ — RT World News

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French President Emmanuel Macron has mentioned the instructor murdered in a Parisian suburb on Friday was “assassinated as a result of he taught his college students freedom of expression.” The killing is being investigated by anti-terrorism police.

“One in all our fellow residents was assassinated as a result of he taught his college students freedom of expression,” Macron mentioned after he arrived within the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, the place the assault passed off. “Our compatriot was the sufferer of a attribute Islamist terrorist assault.”

The middle-school instructor was attacked earlier on Friday on the street of the commune, some 28km northwest of Paris. The attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is larger,” as he assaulted the instructor with a knife. Media experiences mentioned the instructor was both “decapitated” or stabbed within the throat, succumbing to his accidents.

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The assault on the instructor was an assault on the French Republic and its Enlightenment values, Macron mentioned, arguing that the nation was in an “existential” battle to defend the potential of making kids into free residents “regardless of the place they arrive from, what they do or don’t consider, no matter their faith.”

“I wish to say clearly tonight, they won’t go,” Macron mentioned, urging the French to face collectively in protection of their republic. “The obscurantism and the violence which accompanies it is not going to win. They won’t divide us. That’s what they need, so we should all stand collectively.”

The slain instructor had reportedly proven his pupils a cartoon depiction of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, in keeping with police sources, which religious Muslims contemplate blasphemy punishable by demise. France is an avowedly secular state, with a major Muslim inhabitants that immigrated from former colonies in Africa and from elsewhere.

I name on all of our compatriots presently to unite, with none distinction in any way. For we’re in the beginning residents united by the widespread values, a typical historical past, a typical future.

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The suspect within the Friday stabbing fled to the close by city of Eragny, the place he was cornered by police. He refused to give up and threatened the officers with a knife, earlier than he was shot a number of instances.

Three weeks in the past, a knife-wielding man injured two folks outdoors the previous workplaces of the satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, not understanding the outlet had moved. Charlie Hebdo was attacked in January 2015 by a bunch of armed Islamist extremists led by two Algerian-born brothers, loyal to Al-Qaeda. They killed a complete of 12 folks as “punishment” for the journal printing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.

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