French President Emmanuel Macron has stated the trainer murdered in a Parisian suburb on Friday was “assassinated as a result of he taught his college students freedom of expression.” The killing is being investigated by anti-terrorism police.

“One among our fellow residents was assassinated as a result of he taught his college students freedom of expression,” Macron informed the nation. “Our compatriot was the sufferer of a attribute Islamist terrorist assault.”

“I need to say this night to all of the academics of France that we’re with them, that the entire nation will probably be by their facet, in the present day and tomorrow, to guard them, defend them, permit them to do their job, which is probably the most lovely there’s: to make free residents,” Macron stated from Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, the place the assault happened.

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The assault on the trainer was an assault on the French Republic and its Enlightenment values, the president stated, arguing that the nation was in an “existential” battle to defend the opportunity of making youngsters into free residents “irrespective of the place they arrive from, what they do or don’t imagine, no matter their faith.”