“They won’t win… We will act”: French President Emmanuel Macron on Paris beheading

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French President Emmanuel Macron has said termed Friday’s beading of a teacher in Paris over the controversial cartoon of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) ‘Islamist terrorist attack.’

The teacher had allegedly shown controversial cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to students as part of a lesson on freedom of expression. The police had managed to shoot the attacker. Neither the attacker nor the victim has been identified yet. The knife-wielding attacker was believed to be an 18-year-old Chechen, born in Moscow.

Macron said, “They won’t win… We will act.”

Reacting to the murder, controversial Charlie Hebdo tweeted, “Charlie Hebdo expresses our sense of horror and revolt after a teacher in the line of duty was murdered by a religious fanatic. We express our deepest support to his family, loved ones and all the teachers.”

The controversial anti-Islamic French magazine had faced a brutal attack in 2015. A trial is currently underway in that case.

Quoting French newspaper Le Monde, BBC reported that the victim, a teacher of history and geography, had been talking in class about freedom of expression in connection with the Muhammad cartoons, which caused an uproar among some Muslims when Charlie Hebdo published them.

Police have arrested at least nine people including some parents of pupils, who studied at the school where the victim taught. According to Aljazeera, at least two parents had expressed their disagreements over the teacher’s decision to show controversial cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

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