France teacher’s killer had ‘contact’ with extremist in Syria

People gather in Paris to pay tribute to the French teacher who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, October 18, 2020. (Reuters)

The man who decapitated a teacher in France for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class had been in contact with a Russian-speaking extremist in Syria, a source close to the case said on Thursday.

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Seven people have been charged with complicity after Chechnya-born 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov killed Samuel Paty on Friday, including two teenagers who helped him identify the teacher.

France will not give up cartoons, President Emmanuel Macron vowed Wednesday in a homage to teacher Samuel Paty, beheaded for having shown caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed to pupils in a lesson on free speech.

“We will not give up cartoons,” Macron told a solemn ceremony at the Sorbonne university attended by the family of the murdered teacher.

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Last Update: Thursday, 22 October 2020 KSA 11:57 - GMT 08:57
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