According to the French national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office, the victim was a high school teacher in the Conflans-Saint-Honorine area. The Moscow-born perpetrator was allegedly shot dead by police Friday morning in Eranya, where the victim’s body was found. Nine people were questioned about the attack, including the suspect’s parents, grandfather and brother, a court source added.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the teacher was “a victim of an Islamist attack”. Speaking at the scene of the attack, Macron said the educator was “killed because he taught students freedom of speech, freedom to believe and disbelief.”
Nordin Chawadi, the father of one of the school’s students, told Agence France-Presse that the teacher took Muslim children out of the classroom before showing the cartoons. “My son told me it was just to save them, it was out of pure kindness because he had to show a caricature of the Prophet of Islam and just told the Muslim children, ‘Come on, I don’t want this to hurt your feelings, “My son told me that,” he said.
Police provided several more details about the attacker, the victim or the incident. The anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office, which undertook to investigate the attack, did not speak publicly about the motive.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmamin said on Twitter that he was “constantly informing about the situation” from the crisis room he opened in connection with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister. ”
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanker described the attack as “the heinous murder of one of his servants, a teacher”, and said his views concerned the victim’s family.
Friday’s attack comes at a time of ongoing trial in connection with a series of terrorist attacks in January 2015, which began with a massacre in the offices of Charlie Hebdo after the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.