Emmanuel Macron calls Paris beheading ‘Islamist terrorist attack’

Emmanuel Macron calls Paris beheading 'Islamist terrorist attack'
President Macron said he was murdered because he 'taught freedom of expression'. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: French President Emmanuel Macron has called the beheading of a teacher an “Islamist terrorist attack”.

The incident took place in a north-western suburb of Paris, and the victim is said to have shown controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils. The attacker was killed by police.

The French President said the as yet unnamed teacher was murdered because he “taught freedom of expression”.

He said from the scene: “They won’t win… We will act.”

The attack on the teacher occurred at about 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT) near a school. Anti-terror prosecutors are investigating the case.

The knife-wielding attacker was shot as police officers tried to arrest him in the aftermath of the attack. Police have not released any personal details about the attacker.

A trial is currently under way in Paris over a Islamist assault on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015, which was targeted for publishing the cartoons.

A man attacked and wounded two people outside the magazine’s former offices three weeks ago.

What do we know about what happened?

The attacker, wielding a large knife, attacked the teacher in a street in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, cutting off his head. tTe Reuters news agency reported citing a police source that said witnesses had heard the attacker shout “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is Greatest”,

The attacker then ran off, but local police were quickly at the scene and the officers confronted the man in the nearby district of Éragny.

When officers shouted at him to give himself up, he is said to have threatened them. The officers then shot him and he died a short time later.

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