Paris beheading an “assassination” and an “Islamist terrorist attack
A teacher was beheaded on a street near Paris on Friday afternoon after hosting a class discussion
with secondary school students about cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
The suspected killer, who was armed with a knife and a plastic pellet gun, was later shot dead by officers
in a nearby town, police said.
The victim, a history and geography teacher, was decapitated near a school in the commune of
Conflans Saint-Honorine, northwest of the French capital, at around 5 pm local time.
Police told the AFP agency that the teacher had shown cartoons depicting the prophet to his class.
Officials said he was shot dead in the neighboring town of Éragny after he acted in a threatening manner
and failed to respond to an order to put down his weapons.
President Macron visited the Bois d’Alene school and met the history teacher’s colleagues on
He said afterward: “One of our citizens was assassinated tonight because he was a teacher, because he
taught students about the liberty of expression, the liberty to believe or not to believe.
“Our countryman was the victim of a cowardly attack. The victim of an Islamist terrorist attack.”
He added the attack should not divide France because, he said, that is what the extremists want.
The incident came as the French government works on a bill to address Islamist radicals
who authorities claim are creating a “parallel society outside the values of the French Republic”.