Macron Confirms Street Beheading an ‘Islamist Terrorist Attack’, Victim Targeted for Teaching ‘Freedom of Expression’
French president Emmanuel Macron has confirmed that a street beheading near Paris was “an Islamist terrorist attack” perpetrated against an educator “teaching his students about the freedom of expression”.
The unnamed victim, reported to be a teacher of history and geography, is said to have been targeted because he showed images of the Islamic prophet — Muslims were said to have been asked in advance to leave if they might be offended — during a “moral and civil education” class centred on freedom of speech and expression.
“One of our countrymen was assassinated because he was teaching, because he was teaching his students about the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe,” Macron said at a press conference near the scene of the attack in Conflans-Saint-Honorine (Yvelines).
“Our compatriot was cowardly attacked and was the victim of an Islamist terrorist attack, ” the French president continued.
“It’s not a coincidence if tonight a teacher was struck, because the terrorist wanted to attack the values of the public, its light, the possibility to make our children, no matter where they come from, no matter what they believe or not believe, no matter what their religion is, to make them free citizens.
“This battle is our battle and its an existential one,” he warned.
Déclaration après l’attaque terroriste de Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. https://t.co/kRtDv7Y8pv
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) October 16, 2020
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