French police arrest nine after teacher beheaded

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That attack came three weeks into an ongoing trial of suspected accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, which also saw a policewoman gunned down in the street.

The other new people detained for questioning are members of the suspect's social circle but not family members.

Paty was decapitated outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of the capital, and the killer was fatally wounded by police.

The police pursued him and confronted him in the nearby district Éragny.

According to a police source, witnesses had heard the knifeman shout "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest ") as he attacked the teacher, Reuters reported.

He shot at police with an air pistol (a non-lethal weapon), FranceInfo reports. He was killed by police after a brief chase. "We are between hammer and anvil". "My son said to me, "He was super nice, this man".

Nine people, including a minor, have been taken into police custody.

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MPs stood as Renson said that "in the name of all of us, I want to honour the memory of the victim". In France, the two subjects are combined.

The father of a schoolgirl had sought 47-year-old teacher Samuel Paty's dismissal and launched an online call for "mobilisation" against him after the lesson on freedom of expression, Jean-Francois Ricard said in a televised news conference.

The president was referring to the fact that the teacher had taught a class one week prior on freedom of expression where he showed cartoons of Muhammad. He asked the Muslim students to leave the classroom if they wished, out of respect ...

Government officials, including Prime Minister Jean Castex, as well as Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and the head of the Ile-de-France region, Valerie Pecresse, attended the commemorative event at the Place de la Republique.

President Macron visited the scene within hours, saying the incident bore all the hallmarks of an Islamist terrorist atrocity.

The hashtags #JeSuisSamuel, #jesuisprof and #JeSuisEnseignant also began trending on Twitter.

The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Aboulakh A, was a Moscow-born Russian national of Chechen origin who had been granted a 10-year residency as a refugee in March 2020, according to The Sun.

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The man off-camera was known to intelligence services, Ricard said, though he did not say in what capacity.

Ricard did not say if the assailant had any links to the school or had acted independently in response to the online campaign.

"French Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Beheaded Teacher on the Street", is the headline that America's esteemed "paper of record" chose to go with for its article conveying this incident. The alleged perpetrator says he wanted to avenge Allah.

What has the reaction in France been?

"The entire educational community is affected, and beyond it society as a whole", teachers union representative Bernard Deswarte said in Toulouse, where around 5,000 were estimated to have gathered.

Obscurantism refers to the practice or policy of deliberately making something vague and hard to understand, especially in order to prevent people from finding out the truth.

"We all should live together and learn to live together, and everybody has to respect everybody's faith", she said. They won't get through. "Terrorists will not divide France, obscurantism will not win".

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