Paris (CNN)An 18-year-old Moscow-born man of Chechen origin has been recognized because the suspect in Friday’s beheading of a schoolteacher in a suburb of Paris, a French judicial supply instructed CNN Saturday.
The sufferer was Samuel Paty, a historical past and geography trainer at a secondary college within the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine space, in accordance with the French Schooling Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. Blanquer mentioned Saturday that Paty was murdered “for instructing a category that needed to do with one of many pillars of democracy — freedom of expression.”
“Samuel Paty embodied our Republic’s most noble asset: its faculties. He was cowardly murdered by enemies of freedom. We will probably be united, agency and resolute,” Blanquer wrote in a tweet.
The alleged attacker was shot lifeless by police on Friday afternoon in Éragny, the identical space the place the sufferer’s physique was discovered. 9 people have been taken in for questioning in relation to the assault, together with the suspect’s dad and mom, grandfather and brother, the judicial supply added.
French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned the trainer was a “sufferer of an Islamist assault.” Talking on the scene of the assault, Macron mentioned the educator was “killed as a result of he was instructing college students freedom of speech, the liberty to consider and never consider.”
A number of French media retailers, together with CNN affiliate BFMTV, reported that the trainer lately confirmed controversial caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed to his college students as a part of a lesson on freedom of speech. In response to the French newspaper Le Monde, some Muslim dad and mom complained to the varsity in regards to the trainer’s determination to make use of a number of of the cartoons as a part of a dialogue in regards to the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Nordine Chaouadi, a mum or dad of one of many pupils on the college, instructed Agence France-Presse that the trainer had taken the Muslim kids out of the category earlier than exhibiting the caricatures. “My son instructed me that it was simply to protect them, it was out of pure kindness, as a result of he needed to present a caricature of the prophet of Islam and easily mentioned to the Muslim kids: ‘Exit, I do not need it to harm your emotions,’ that is what my son instructed me,” he mentioned.
Police have supplied few different particulars in regards to the attacker, the sufferer or the incident. The anti-terror prosecutor’s workplace, which has taken over the investigation of the assault, has not spoken publicly a few motive.
Inside Minister Gerald Darmamin mentioned on Twitter that he was “preserving himself immediately knowledgeable” of the scenario “from the disaster room (he) had opened, in liaison with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.”
Schooling Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer described the assault as a “despicable assassination of one in all its servants, a trainer,” and mentioned his ideas had been with the household of the sufferer.
Friday’s assault comes as a trial continues referring to a sequence of January 2015 terrorist assaults which started with a bloodbath on the Charlie Hebdo workplaces following the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.