French prosecutor speaks to media about teacher’s beheading near Paris
France’s anti-terror prosecutor is due to update the press on details of the investigation into Friday’s gruesome beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb. Watch the press conference live at 3pm Paris time (GMT+2).
French police were questioning nine people in custody on Saturday after a suspected Islamist sympathiser beheaded a school teacher in broad daylight on the street in a Paris suburb, police sources said.
Police shot the attacker dead minutes after he murdered 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty in what President Emmanuel Macron described as an “Islamist terrorist attack”.
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Investigators were seeking to establish whether the attacker had acted alone or had accomplices. French media reported that he was an 18-year-old of Chechen origin.
Paty had earlier this month shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a civics class on freedom of expression, reportedly angering a number of Muslim parents.
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