A man killed a middle school history teacher in France. According to French officials, the teacher showed his students the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims consider this to be profane. A police patrol shot and killed the attacker a few streets away from the scene of the attack. The event took place late on Friday afternoon, 16th October 2020 in a residential suburb north-west of Paris.
French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the reporters at the scene of the attack. He said that the assassination of their fellow citizen was because he was teaching his pupils about freedom of expression. He said that their compatriot was the victim of an Islamist terrorist attack.
The incident bears resemblance to the attack five years ago on the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The magazine had similarly published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed. This unleashed divisions that are still casting a pall over the French society.
According to a police official, the victim of Friday’s attack sustained multiple knife wounds to the neck. According to sources, the teacher was beheaded in the attack. The reports say that the suspect attacker is 18 years old and was born in Moscow. According to police sources, a witness has even heard the attacker shout “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is Greatest”. This information is currently being verified.
The attack apparently took place in the street in front of the middle school where the victim taught. It is in the suburb of Conflans Sainte-Honorine.
The History Teacher Showed Caricatures Of the Prophet In Class
According to reports of French Media, the history teacher who was the victim showed his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as part of a civics lesson dealing with freedom of expression.
A Twitter thread posted on 9th October 2020 contained a video of a man who said his daughter, a Muslim, was one of the students in the class. The teacher’s action has shocked and upset his daughter. The man in the video also urges Twitter users to complain to the authorities and remove the teacher from his post.
Charlie Hebdo republished the cartoons last month to coincide with the start of the trial of accomplices in the 2015 violence attack. Al-Qaeda who is the militant Islamist group claims responsibility for those killings. It also threatened to attack Charlie Hebdo again after the cartoons were republished.
The magazine retorted saying that it published the cartoon to assert its right to freedom of expression. And also to show it will not be silenced by violent attacks. Many prominent French politicians and public figures backed this stance of the magazine.
Reacting to Friday’s attack outside the school, the magazine took to its Twitter account to write that intolerance has crossed a new threshold. And it does not seem to give ground to anything in imposing its terror on France.