Macron speaks of ‘existential’ fight against terrorism after teacher killed in France

Macron speaks of ‘existential’ fight against terrorism after teacher killed in France

October 17, 2020

Terror inquiry launched as police kill 18-year-old suspect who decapitated Paris teacher who showed pupils caricatures of the prophet Muhammad

President Emmanuel Macron has said France’s battle against Islamic terrorism is “existential” following the killing of a teacher after he showed his class a caricature of the prophet Muhammad from the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Macron, who visited the site near a school in a Paris suburb, said the victim had been “assassinated” and that his killer sought to “attack the republic and its values”. “This is our battle and it is existential. They [terrorists] will not succeed … They will not divide us.”

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