The version of the man, who “says he was a witness, (who) followed the perpetrator (of the attack) and then was threatened, was corroborated in the investigation” regarding this aggression resulting in two seriously injured, says the close source file.

The main suspect, arrested in Bastille Square shortly after the assault, was still in pre-trial detention on Saturday – as were five other men. These men – of Pakistani nationality – live at the same address as the suspect, according to Le Figaro.

“Obviously it is an act of Islamist terrorism,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told France 2 on Friday night. He lamented “a new bloody attack on our country.”

In his opinion, the threat to the street address in the 11th arrondissement, where the events took place – where the satirical magazine was already targeted at the old headquarters – was “underestimated”. Darmanin said he asked the prefect of police “why?”

The 18-year-old suspect – born in Pakistan – was arrested in June with a knife – “a screwdriver”, according to Gérald Darmanin. He arrived in France when he was a minor three years ago.

Taken over by Val d’Oise, he “showed no signs of radicalization” until he became a major in August, the Departmental Council said.