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A historical past trainer was decapitated in a suburb of Paris on Friday in a knife assault being handled by police as an act of Islamist terror.
The trainer had lately proven satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his secondary faculty class in a dialogue on freedom of expression at a college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, north-west of the capital, in keeping with police sources quoted by French media.
Police mentioned they shot lifeless the suspected assailant, who was nonetheless carrying his weapon, on the street close by. He was reported to be an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin and to have shouted “Allahu akbar!” (God is nice) earlier than being killed.
President Emmanuel Macron, who has vowed to crack down on Islamist extremism and “separatism” in French suburbs, travelled to the scene of the assault on Friday evening.
Jean-Michel Blanquer, schooling minister, condemned what he known as the “shameful” homicide of a trainer. “It’s the republic that has been attacked,” he mentioned. “Our unity and firmness are the one responses to the monstrousness of Islamist terrorism. We are going to stand as much as it.” French politicians of left and proper condemned the “barbarity” of the homicide.
Friday’s homicide, at about 5pm, gave the impression to be linked to the continued trial in Paris of 14 folks accused of involvement in a terror assault on the places of work of the satirical journal Charlie Hebdo in January 2015.
They’re charged with serving to two extremists who killed 12 folks after they stormed the newsroom to take revenge for cartoons it had printed of Mohammed. It was the beginning of a grim 12 months for terrorism in France through which 149 folks died in shootings and suicide bombings.
After the beginning of the trial final month, two workers of a press company had been injured in an assault with a meat cleaver exterior Charlie Hebdo’s outdated places of work. Zaher Hassan Mahmoud, a Pakistani man, was charged with tried terrorist assassinations.
The anti-immigrant, excessive rightwing Rassemblement Nationwide get together instantly condemned the newest assault and mentioned power needs to be used to crush Islamists.
“A trainer decapitated for having proven the #CharlieHebdo caricatures,” get together chief Marine Le Pen mentioned on Twitter. “We’ve reached this insufferable stage of barbarism. Islamism is bringing battle to us: we should expel it from our nation by power.”
In a speech earlier this month in Yvelines — the division the place Conflans-Sainte-Honorine is positioned — Mr Macron introduced plans to curb the unfold of radical Islamism with strict new controls on non secular, cultural and sporting associations and a ban on dwelling education.
He mentioned 32 terrorist assaults had been foiled by the safety providers for the reason that begin of his presidency three years in the past. Mr Macron additionally famous that in Yvelines alone 172 folks had been being monitored for suspected violent radicalisation, whereas 70 youths had left the division for Syria as jihadis.
Mr Macron’s authorities is finalising a draft regulation designed to reimpose French secular republican values in districts closely populated by Arab and African Muslim immigrants seen as susceptible to the affect of Islamists.