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Suspect in French teacher's beheading was 18-year-old Chechen

Suspect in French teacher's beheading was 18-year-old Chechen”

"The killing of the history and geography teacher in the commune of Conflans-Saint-Honorine on Friday has caused upset for the continued terror threats in France and at the same time produced an outpouring of support about the tragedy".

For teachers, there will be a before and an after Samuel Paty.

Prime Minister Jean Castex headed the rally in Paris to say "Stop to barbarism" as read in many banners.

The attacker said he had not known that the weekly moved to secret new premises after the attack in January 2015. After the crime, hundreds of people went to the school where Paty was teaching to pay homage.

The attack has provoked a strong global rebuke, with US President Donald Trump addressing the killing on Saturday night from a political rally in Janesville, Wisconsin.

It also comes amid-and is partly shaped by- the country's very different battle against another crisis, the coronavirus pandemic.

"It is no coincidence that this evening it is a teacher that this terrorist killed because he wanted to bring down the Republic in its values".

Paty's killing shocked the country and brought back memories of a wave of Islamist violence in 2015 that started with the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

An 18-year-old Chechen accused of beheading a teacher near his school in a Paris suburb received asylum in France and had no links to Russia, a Russian diplomat said on Saturday.

The voice off-camera said President Emmanuel Macron was inciting hatred of Muslims and threatened a demonstration if the teacher was not removed.

Police said they were investigating a tweet posted from an account that showed a picture of the teacher's head, and which has since been shut down. He was killed by the local police shortly after the murder.

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The incident comes less than a month after a Pakistani immigrant stabbed two people outside Charlie Hebdo's old Paris headquarters.

That was the spot where armed men gunned down employees of the magazine five years ago in retaliation for the magazine's publication of cartoons of the prophet.

And it is backdropped by an ongoing Paris trial over those Charlie Hebdo strikes.

A suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services who posted a grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the attack, officials said Saturday. Six more were detained on Saturday, including the father of a pupil at the school and a preacher described by French media as a radical Islamist. "We are France!" Castex wrote on Twitter, posting a video showing the rally. "It's school as a whole that's under attack in wanting to open minds".

The parents had complained about Paty's use of caricatures of the Prophet, which were shown in class as part of a discussion about freedom of expression.

"One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught (.) the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe", Macron said.

But some parents were not happy. The student's dad who grumbled about the teacher's lesson and a second man who came with him to the middle school are in custody. They reportedly expected possible protests against the teacher, but never a violent reprisal.

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Responding to Macron's recent remarks that extremists would never win, far-right leader Marine Le Pen shot back on Twitter, "They're already here- including in our schools!"

One of his students defined him as a teacher who "got involved in classes" and promoted debates.



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