According to local reports, the teacher was recently the subject of complaints from parents after he showed caricatures deemed insulting to Islam to students during class, and investigators are looking into the incident as one potential motive for the France attack.
Visiting the scene on Friday night, French President Emmanuel Macron said that religious terrorists would not win and that they will not divide the country.
In a tweet, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer described the killing of a teacher as an attack on the French Republic.
“Our unity and steadfastness are the only answers to the monstrosity of terrorism,” he added.
In the French National Assembly, deputies took a moment to stand and “salute the memory” of the murdered teacher and to denounce the France attack.
— LCP (@LCP) October 16, 2020
RT with additional input by GVS News Desk