France’s nationwide anti-terror prosecutor instantly opened an investigation for “homicide in reference to a terrorist enterprise” and “felony terrorist affiliation.” French President Emmanuel Macron later visited the crime scene, and Inside Minister Gerard Darmanin returned to Paris from an official go to to Morocco.

“They won’t go,” Macron mentioned, talking on the scene. “Obscurantism and the violence that goes with it won’t win. They received’t divide us.”

The sufferer was recognized as a highschool historical past and geography trainer. Dad and mom within the space had not too long ago complained {that a} native trainer had proven college students caricatures of the prophet Muhammad as a part of a lesson on freedom of expression, France’s BFM tv reported.

As authorities labored to ascertain a extra full image, the potential motive of looking for revenge for the Muhammad cartoons led investigators to shortly contemplate the case a terrorist assault, Le Monde reported.

“Tonight, it was the Republic that was attacked with the despicable assassination of considered one of its servants, a professor,” mentioned Schooling Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. “I feel tonight of him, of his household. Our unity and steadfastness are the one solutions to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.”

Friday’s assault comes amid the historic trial of 14 alleged accomplices within the January 2015 assault on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper that had printed cartoons that depicted the likeness of Muhammad, which is strictly prohibited by the Muslim religion. The 2 attackers within the 2015 capturing had been recorded saying that that they had avenged the prophet as they fled the scene.

Final month, Charlie Hebdo’s editors commemorated the start of the trial by publishing new cartoons of Muhammad.

Weeks later, two individuals had been stabbed exterior the previous Paris workplaces of Charlie Hebdo in an assault that authorities later mentioned had been designed to assault the newspaper’s journalists a second time.

In opposition to the backdrop of those assaults, Macron unveiled plans for combating what he referred to as “Islamist separatism” this month. In a long-awaited speech, he referred to as Islam “a faith that’s in disaster everywhere in the world,” with issues that stem from a “very robust hardening” of positions amongst Muslims.