Among those captured are several relatives of the alleged perpetrator of the attack, an 18-year-old young man of Chechen origin and born in Moscow who was killed by the police.
The French Police arrested nine people tonight, one of them a minor, within the investigation opened after the terrorist attack that yesterday cost the life of a high school teacher, beheaded after showing a cartoon of Muhammad in class.
The detainees include several relatives of the alleged perpetrator, an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin and born in Moscow, residents of Evreux (about 100 kilometers northwest of Paris), judicial sources reported.
Several members of the environment of the alleged murderer, who died from police shooting, have also been arrested, as well as the father of a student who posted a video on social networks denouncing that the murdered teacher, aged 47, had shown a cartoon of Muhammad in high school class.
That episode, in a class on freedom of expression for thirteen-year-old students in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a town about thirty kilometers from Paris, generated protests from parents of students of Muslim confession and ended yesterday’s attack, in which the alleged perpetrator he beheaded the professor with a large knife.
President Emmanuel Macron, the Government and politicians of all colors rushed to condemn the attack as an attack against the values of the French Republic, especially secular and egalitarian education.
Macron traveled to the scene, visited the institute where the professor worked and met with his colleagues.
The teacher “was assassinated because he taught, because he explained to his students the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe and not to believe,” stressed the French president, who insisted that the terrorists “not pass” above the fundamental values of France.
The Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, plans today to hold a series of meetings with representatives of teachers and parents of students to insist on the Government’s commitment to maintain a lay teaching in freedom and to support the educational community.