A 47-year-old teacher was beheaded in the middle of the street this late Friday afternoon in Conflans Saint-Honorine in the Yvelines. Emmanuel Macron is currently in college du Bois d’Aulne where the man taught.
The attacker was shot dead by police in the nearby town, Eragny-sur-Oise. He was 18 years old and was unknown to the police. After his act he has posted a photo of his victim’s decapitated head on Twitter before it was deleted by the social network.
The facts took place around 5 p.m. near a school. The victim is a history teacher from Bois d’Aulne college. He had recently taken a course on freedom of expression and had notably shown caricatures of Muhammad.
This had suiscated the anger of a parent of a student who filed a complaint and broadcast a video on the subject watched several dozen times.
The investigation into these facts which took place was opened for “assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise” and “association of criminal terrorist criminals”, specified the National Antiterrorist Prosecutor’s Office (Pnat) to AFP.
Call for mine clearance
The Bac Conflans Saint-Honorine police officers were called at the end of the afternoon for a suspicious individual prowling around a school establishment.
On the spot, the police discovered the victim and 200 meters further on, at Eragny-sur-Oise, they tried to stop a man armed with a stabbing weapon which threatened them and fired at him.
A security perimeter was installed and the demining service called, due to a suspicion of an explosive vest.
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Gérald Darmanin returns urgently
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, traveling to Morocco, decided to return to Paris immediately. From Rabat, he met with Prime Minister Jean Castex and President Emmanuel Macron, it was said in his entourage.
He joined Emmanuel Macron and Jean Castex to participate in a crisis unit.
The Charlie Hebdo trial has increased the tension
“Tonight there is a further step in the terrorist violence in our country that has been taken“, said the lawyer specializing in internal security Thibault de Montbrial at the microphone of the French continuous news channel LCI.
“My contacts in the intelligence services said that the entire jihadist specter had gone up a notch. […] The context of the Charlie Hebdo trial contributed to this tension, but beyond that, it should be noted that the return of the French jihadists, the fact that many of them were released from prison, means that there is a structural concern that networks capable of carrying out complex attacks, with complicated modus operandi, may be able to start over. “
This attack comes three weeks to the day after the chopper attack perpetrated by a 25-year-old Pakistani in front of the former Charlie Hebdo premises, which left two seriously injured.
The author of this Islamist attack had told investigators to have acted in reaction to the publication and republication by Charlie Hebdo in early September of cartoons of Mohammed, which had made the satirical weekly a target of the jihadists.
The National Assembly denounces “an abominable attack”
In an atmosphere full of emotion, the deputies rose to the National Assembly to “salute the memory” of the decapitated teacher on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines), and denounce a “abominable attack”.
Very affected, the chairman of the meeting Hugues Renson (LREM) spoke just before the interruption of the debates at 8:00 p.m. “We learned with horror of the terrible attack that occurred. On behalf of the national representation, on behalf of all of us, I would like to salute the memory of the victim.”
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