French police have shot useless a person who attacked and killed a trainer with a big kitchen knife close to a college in a Paris suburb after he confirmed his class caricatures of the prophet Muhammad from the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Officers introduced instantly after the killing that it was being investigated by an anti-terror choose. President Emmanuel Macron stated on Friday evening that France’s battle towards Islamic terrorism was “existential” and that the sufferer had been “assassinated”.

The sufferer was a 47-year-old history-geography professor – the themes are taught collectively in France – but additionally gave the compulsory programs in “ethical and civil training”. It was as a part of these, and whereas speaking about freedom of speech, that the professor confirmed pupils, aged 12 to 14, the caricatures. This sparked complaints from a lot of dad and mom and one household lodged a authorized criticism.

The 18-year-old Moscow-born suspect is claimed to have shared images of the assault on social media. Some studies stated that he had Chechen roots. He was stated to be a “good unknown” to the nation’s intelligence service, however had a petty felony document.

The alarm was raised at 5pm on Friday when native police knowledgeable their nationwide colleagues {that a} physique had been discovered outdoors a college at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine within the Yvelines, a suburb north-west of central Paris. Reviews stated the sufferer had been decapitated.

The killer was chased by police however refused to give up and was shot a number of instances and killed after reportedly threatening police. Officers sealed off the realm after fears the assailant was carrying a suicide vest.

Anti-terror prosecutors stated they have been treating the killing as an “assassination in reference to a terrorist organisation”.

After the contested lesson, an indignant mother or father posted a video on YouTube complaining concerning the trainer. On Friday evening, one other mother or father posted under the video, defending the professor, writing: “I’m a mother or father of a scholar at this faculty. The trainer simply confirmed caricatures from Charlie Hebdo as a part of a historical past lesson on freedom of expression. He requested the Muslim college students to go away the classroom in the event that they wished, out of respect … He was a terrific trainer. He tried to encourage the vital spirit of his college students, all the time with respect and intelligence. This night, I’m unhappy, for my daughter, but additionally for lecturers in France. Can we proceed to show with out being afraid of being killed?”

The video was taken down on Friday evening.

The mayor of D’Éragny-sur-Oise Thibault Humbert spoke to reporters concerning the “horror” of occasions in his commune. “It’s a barbaric act,” he instructed BFMTV. He stated he had been knowledgeable in a phone name that an individual had been “decapitated”.

Macron, sombre and visibly moved, spoke briefly after visiting the school the place the murdered professor labored. “One in all our compatriots was assassinated as we speak as a result of he taught. He taught his college students about freedom of expression, freedom to imagine or not imagine. It was a cowardly assault. He was the sufferer of a terrorist Islamist assault,” Macron stated.

“This night my ideas are with all these near him, together with his household, together with his colleagues on the school the place we have now seen the pinnacle trainer present braveness within the final week. Within the face of stress [from parents], she did her job with outstanding responsibility.

“This night I wish to say to lecturers throughout France, we we’re with them, the entire nation is with them as we speak and tomorrow. We should defend them, defend them, enable them to do their job and educate the residents of tomorrow.”

Macron stated the killer sought to “assault the republic and its values”. “That is our battle and it’s existential. They [terrorists] won’t succeed … They won’t divide us.”

The training minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, who was additionally anticipated on the scene, tweeted: “This night, it was the republic that was attacked with this despicable killing of one in all its servants, a trainer. My ideas this night are together with his household. Our unity and our firmness are the one responses confronted with the monstrosity of Islamic terrorism. We’ll take care of it.”

Paris has been on excessive alert since two journalists from a movie manufacturing firm have been stabbed outdoors the previous workplaces of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo three weeks in the past.

In January 2015, Islamist terrorists Saïd and Chérif Kouachi gunned down 12 individuals in and across the Charlie Hebdo workplaces. The next day, gunman Amédy Coulibaly shot a policewoman useless and killed 4 Jewish individuals on the Hyper Cacher kosher grocery store. The Kouachi brothers and Coulibaly have been killed in separate shoot-outs with police.

The trial of 14 individuals suspected of being linked to the January 2015 terror assaults is at present being held in a Paris courtroom and is because of proceed till November.