Teacher murder in France: nine people in custody

A man is murdered in the street, the police arrest family members of the alleged perpetrator. Macron speaks of Islamist terror.

President Macron speaks near the crime scene after a brutal knife attack Photo: dpa

PARIS Taz / dpa | Five other people were arrested after the murderous attack on a teacher near Paris. The anti-terrorist public prosecutor’s office confirmed this to the German Press Agency on Saturday. She didn’t give any further details. The alleged perpetrator was killed by the police shortly after the crime.

Those arrested are reported to be members of the alleged perpetrator’s family and others. This means that nine people are currently in police custody, including a minor.

During the course of Friday evening it became known that the alleged murderer was a Chechen born in Moscow in 2002, who was known to the police not because of Islamist radicalization, but of minor offenses.

The criminal police in Eragny-sur-Oise in the north-west of the French capital discovered a man with a bloody kitchen knife on the street at around 5 p.m. on Friday. After a short chase, she caught him. When the police asked to put his gun on the ground, the man reacted aggressively and threatened the officers with a pistol. They then shot him down. Shortly afterwards he was pronounced dead.

Not far away, in front of the middle school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, the police made a gruesome find: on the floor, the body of a decapitated man. The murder victim, 47-year-old Samuel P., was a history teacher at the school next to the crime scene. He is said to have recently organized a debate in his class on the subject of freedom of the press and freedom of expression, and in it the controversial Muhammad cartoons from the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo have shown. In January 2015, the Kouachi brothers took these drawings as an opportunity, the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo to attack and kill eleven people there and another police officer on the run.

Knife attack on the former Hebdo editorial team in September

President Emmanuel Macron went to the crime scene that evening, but gave no details in a brief statement. Investigators were expected to comment later on Saturday. The public prosecutor’s anti-terror investigators had taken over the investigation – Macron spoke of an Islamist act of terrorism.

According to the school management, the history teacher offered the Muslims in his class that they could leave the room if they were shocked by the cartoons. In the following days, parents complained about the content of the lesson and called for the husband to be transferred. The incident became a talking point in town. The teacher is said to have filed a complaint about threats. After a discussion within the school, the situation seemed to have calmed down recently.

According to French television, the 18-year-old alleged perpetrator is said to have posted a picture showing him with his victim’s head on Twitter. Before he was shot down by the police, he shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”).

Once again, the satirical newspaper has the Mohammed cartoons Charlie Hebdo at the center of horror. Just a few weeks ago, on the day the trial against the terrorists’ accomplices began in 2015, a young Pakistani had seriously injured two employees of a production company with a meat cleaver in front of the newspaper’s former office. He shouldn’t have known that Charlie Hebdo-Editorial department had long since moved. The man was arrested the same day.

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer expressed his solidarity with the teachers of France that evening: “The republic has been attacked with this vile murder of a civil servant, a teacher. Our unshakable unity is the only answer to the monstrous Islamist terror. “

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Emmanual Macron competes against “Islamist separatism”

“Hitler was right” and they smeared ten swastikas on the walls of the fast food restaurant in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. The area in which it is located is called “La petite Jérusalem” – Little Jerusalem. The restaurant’s specialty is the “Glatt Kosher Burger” in various sizes, the motto of the company is: “Come as you are or stay where you are, Mac Queen delivers.”

The vandals came last Friday night after the early police hour as anti-Semites. Chairs and windows were beaten up, the taps opened. And fifty euros was stolen from the cash register.

The attack is linked to the trials of the attacks on the Jewish supermarket “Hyper Cacher” and “Charlie Hebdo”. A few days ago, Marika Bret, the head of the satirical magazine’s human resources department, had to leave her apartment after her testimony in court. In front of the former editorial office, a young Pakistani injured four people with a machete – he is celebrated as a hero in his home country.

And now also the “Mac Queen”. “Five years after the attacks, the threat to Jews in France has reached a peak,” said Noémie Madar, president of the Union of Jewish Students (“Union des étudiants Juifs de France”, UEJF): “They should be shopping and dining Feeling insecure. ”She distributed a short video that gives an impression of the devastation in the flooded“ Mac Queen ”. In “Little Jerusalem” verbal and physical attacks on Jews are part of everyday life. In late August, a man was beaten up and robbed.

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We don’t yet know who the perpetrators are. Anti-Semitic riots – with desecrations of the cemetery – had also occurred in the vicinity of the “Yellow West” protests. For minutes the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut was insulted as a “dirty Jew” on the sidelines of a demonstration. The swastikas, so Finkielkraut, are used today as a symbol for Israel. Protesters against “Islamophobia” wore a Jewish star. The slogan “Free Palestine” and the time also refer to Islamist fanatics. They probably wanted to stage a prologue to get in the mood for Macron’s speech about the “separatism in the republic”. The President had postponed his speech several times. He held it a few hours after the attack.

Originally he wanted to keep her in Lunel. It was from here that twenty French people went to jihad. “Our country is afraid,” he said in his televised address on the national holiday: “It has lost confidence in itself”. On August 28th, during the grueling summer, he lamented the “trivialization of violence”. Also on September 4th he celebrated the 150th birthday of the republic in the Pantheon. But he always tried not to “stigmatize” Islam as a religion.

In Les Mureaux in the Parisian banlieue, he had already given a speech on access to culture in 2018. The place knows all aspects of Islamization, but is less polluted than Lunel. On Friday, the President, who never strictly adheres to his manuscripts, spoke in plain language. “Without taboos”, as he promised, and this can certainly be interpreted as self-criticism: Macron spoke of an “ideology” that puts its values ​​above those of the republic. This is true for the majority of young Muslims. The president wants to initiate an “awakening of the republic”. In just one year, compulsory schooling is to apply to children aged three and over and home schooling is to be banned. Just like the issuing of “virginity certificates” and the opening of swimming pools only to women.

After Alain Finkielkraut was insulted, parliament issued a declaration classifying anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism. Even the law against “Islamist separatism” (Macron) cannot trigger the “republican awakening” on its own. Macron, however, can be certified that he made one of his clearest speeches. It follows on from his address on the anniversary of the raid in the Vel’d’Hiv cycling stadium in Paris. At the time, the President said that the murder of the Jewish woman Sarah Halimi in Paris “concerns all of humanity”. The writer Eric Marty, author of the essay “Le nouvel antisémitisme”, interpreted the “historical speech”: “Since Auschwitz every anti-Semitic act, every anti-Semitic murder is the symbolic repetition of Auschwitz.”

This also applies to the destruction of the inconspicuous hamburger restaurant “Mac Queen”.

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Kurt Westergaard, the standard pencil

PORTRAIT – 85 years old, this cartoonist, author of one of the Prophet’s caricatures published in 2005, in Denmark, has lived under Islamist threat ever since. And is protected day and night.

By Slim Allagui

Having become the target of Islamists, Kurt Westergaard, threatened with death several times, escaped three attempted attacks.
Having become the target of Islamists, Kurt Westergaard, threatened with death several times, escaped three attempted attacks. HENNING BAGGER / EPA / MAXPPP

White beard, bamboo cane in hand, calm voice. At first glance, 85-year-old Kurt Westergaard looks like a peaceful retiree. He is, however, less serene than he seems and finds it difficult to hide his revolt against the “human stupidity”. Kurt Westergaard is, indeed, one of the most hated cartoonists in the Muslim world. An octogenarian who feels such “A condemned to death, suspended”, all because of a drawing of Muhammad, published on September 30, 2005 in the great Danish daily Jyllands-Posten. A controversial drawing that accompanied at the time eleven other caricatures of the Prophet, made by other designers and which led a few months later, the most serious crisis that Denmark has known since World War II, the effects of which are felt another fifteen years later. Always in the line of sight of the Islamists, living under police protection, day and night, in his villa secured like a bunker in Viby, the designer does not take offense, judging “absurd

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French government wants to push back Islamism


French security forces after the knife attack in front of the former editorial building of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris
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Islamism continues to spread in French society and now dominates entire city districts. The government in Paris wants to push him back with stricter laws.

ISlamists are creeping into problem areas in France by organizing school care for the children, offering “alternative” medical care and undermining almost all areas of life, from helping with homework to car rental. This is the alarming finding in the Elysée Palace before President Emmanuel Macron’s speech on the “fight against separatism” this Friday. The head of state has long struggled to take a stand in the new Kulturkampf.

At first he wanted to travel to Lunel near Montpellier. Jihadist propaganda was particularly successful in the small town. More than 20 young French set out from Lunel on the “holy war” in Syria. But then, in view of the ongoing “Charlie Hebdo” trial, it was apparently too dicey for the president to focus on terrorism. He officially canceled due to scheduling difficulties.

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Symbolic mother, within everyone’s reach

From the historian, feminist and lesbian, of romantic relationships between women, one could expect strong support for assisted reproduction for all, and even surrogacy. It is however her strong opposition to these medicalized gestations that Marie-Jo Bonnet expressed before the National Consultative Ethics Committee, during her hearing in 2014. If she deplores the transfer of female power to scientists, she is ‘offended by the unbridled race of homosexuals towards normalization, at the cost of renouncing the subversive and transgressive nature of their sexual orientation, capable of attacking the foundations of patriarchy and its heterosexual norm.

Destiny

The painful observation of this “Rebels” invited Bonnet to remind some, to reveal to others, the richness of “Symbolic motherhood”. It is by no means a question of surrogate motherhood, which would postulate the incompleteness or the suffering of any childless woman, but of a motherhood other than biological. Knowing and researching it would make it possible to resist societal injunctions to childbirth, which would be largely responsible for the desire for a child. Understanding this motive would free from all guilt those who refuse to comply with a supposedly natural destiny, would allow sterile women to evacuate any stigmatization of abnormality and for all to fully enjoy, without judging themselves selfish or underestimating themselves, of this. what does this other path bring: being yourself by creating yourself, “By favoring symbolic fertility”. A development that, according to the author, biological motherhood could not bring, as pointed out, in 1949, Simone de Beauvoir in the Second Sex. Proof: in the XVIIe century, Madame Guyon, a mother however, is overwhelmed by the symbolic motherhood which unites her to her spiritual son, Fénelon. As for the author, she thanks life for having given her symbolic mothers, to whom she dedicates this book; she thus offers us the story of her own rebirth, between spirituality and creativity, feminism and psychoanalysis, mysticism and writing. His experience makes this book eminently human, which some will find too intellectual to be accessible to an average readership.

Capture

In fact, the essay presents the facets of said motherhood by articulating, with audacity and brio, philosophy, esotericism, art, but also history and intimate autobiography. Such a link gives us a dive into the Women’s Liberation Movement, divided as to the very nature of motherhood, fractured by the symbolic motherhood that Antoinette Fouque intends to impose through it. It is necessary to have a certain talent and an unshakeable conviction to cross these lines of interpretation and pass without breaking from Socratic maieutics to “Technological matricide”, caused, according to Bonnet, by scientific modifications of reproduction. They lead, she believes, to an erasure of the female subject under the effect of medicalization, increased in the name – you – of commercial interests, inseparable from neoliberalism and globalization. This capture is doubled, according to her, in the case of “surrogate mothers”, a commodification of the female body, an exploitation of poor countries by rich countries.

The work calls as much on the richness of symbolic motherhood as on the complexity and risks of scientific discoveries, while the evocation of the happiness of these mothers – infertile or lesbians -, even of their “right to a child”, most often obscures them. Also the indictment of current maternity that the historian draws up neglects the affect and the desire for children of women – and of men who do not conceive of their life without paternity – just like the envy of couples of embody their love, to prolong it as well. The book is very silent on the joy of being a mother, seeing in it only the cause of depression and self-sacrifice, and forgetful – one will not fail to say – that nothing can replace the tenderness of a child, so absent in these pages, under the pretext that it owes its birth above all to societal pressure. The radical nature of these remarks will, without doubt, be controversial, all the more so as the essay, as brilliant as it is learned, is fascinating; it is no less disturbing, and that’s good!

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Marie-Jo Bonnet Symbolic motherhood. To be a mother differently Albin Michel, 352 pp., 20,90 €.

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Why man attacked people in front of “Charlie Hebdo” building – politics

The publication of Mohammed cartoons made him so “angry” that he “couldn’t stand it”. With these words, the man who seriously injured a man and a woman with an ax in Paris on Friday afternoon, justified his act. He has the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo want to attack, he said.

The perpetrator is a man who claims to be 18 years old. He was born in Pakistan and came to France three years ago, where he was accepted as an unaccompanied minor and looked after by the youth welfare service until he came of age. He did not express any radical views, said the responsible regional authority. France’s interior minister said the perpetrator was not classified as a potential terrorist and, as a result, was not monitored. However, he was known to the police for illegally possessing weapons.

The two victims of the perpetrator are a 28-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man who work for the film production company Premières Lignes. They stood on the sidewalk outside their office to smoke a cigarette. The company is located in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris, in the same building that was the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo were housed. The editorial team has been working in a secret location for security reasons for five years. Information that did not reach the perpetrator.

France’s Interior Minister Darmanin speaks of the “extremely critical” threat situation

Of the Parisian quoted from investigative circles that the perpetrator had considered the earlier Charlie-Hebdo-Buildings on fire. Video recordings show him walking back and forth in front of the house. Finally he picked up the ax he had brought in a backpack. He did not know the two people who were badly injured in the head. Your two employees are “no longer in mortal danger,” announced the production company Premières Lignes on Saturday.

A 33-year-old man who was presented by the police on Friday as a “second suspect” was released from custody on Saturday night. In an interview, the Algerian, who lives in France, said how he heard the screams of the victims and saw a man flee. He followed the man, the later confessed perpetrator, to the platform of the metro and confronted him, where he threatened him with a carpet knife and got on the metro.

The 33-year-old then went to the police at the scene to report what he had seen. At the same time, other officials evaluated video recordings showing the conversation between the two men on the platform. The 33-year-old was then taken into custody as a suspect. His lawyer commented, “A young man who behaved like a hero was treated like a terrorist.”

The attack took place in the context of the so-called Charlie Trial. The attacks on the editors of the satirical magazine, the murder of a policewoman and the hostage-taking in a Jewish supermarket will be negotiated in Paris until mid-November. The series of attacks, in which a total of 17 people were killed, lasted from January 7th to 9th, 2015. The terrorist militia Islamic State and al-Qaeda each claimed part of the murders for themselves. The three main perpetrators, Chérif and Saïd Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly, were killed.

In the dock today are those who are said to have helped to get the weapons. Published at the beginning of the process Charlie Hebdo Again Mohammed cartoons on the cover, plus the headline “Tout ça pour ça”, all of this just for that.

France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Sunday: “We are at a war on Islamist terror and we have to win this war.” He added that the country was in an “extremely critical” state of threat. “Maybe we collectively pushed that aside,” said Darmanin.

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Torn France: The stressed country

Five years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the November terror: France is in a deep identity crisis.

Illustration: Katja Gendikova

It is a serious and heated discussion in France: How do you dress for school? Belly-free is not possible, say stick conservatives. This clothing debate now appears even more bizarre than usual against the devastating background of a second corona wave with high case numbers and strict regional restrictions, which are protested by those responsible there because they are not allowed to participate in decision-making. The new bans severely weaken the “France Relance” plan recently announced by President Macron and the government under the new Prime Minister Castex to revive the corona-plagued economy. But they are not yet comparable to the repressive nationwide lockdown in spring. The state currently wants to avoid it at all costs and therefore appeals to the citizens: internal reason, please (and properly dressed) not to overdo it with the beloved savoir vivre.

The unfortunate clothes debate, it appears like a lost piece of a French society puzzle. It is a jigsaw puzzle in which a nation that has been stressed on various levels has come to a standstill. So how torn can jeans be in the classroom? Education Minister Blanquer from the ruling LREM party is seriously calling for a “tenue républicaine”, whatever it may be – perhaps a floor-length tricolor for Elev: inside in the national colors, one would not seriously throw in. Under the hashtag # lundi14septembre, students recently campaigned vehemently not to allow short skirts and co. To be banned anywhere.

Instead of calling out solidarity and laissez-faire in unison in a community that claims freedom on paper, there are contradicting signals from society and politics. Here people, mostly men, who cling to traditional conventions, ultimately work on a figure of thought that never existed in reality, even before 1968: good old France, France, in which women and girls, depending on each other They knew how to behave in a flirtatious to “decent” situation, men were still “real”, seductive men, and the many immigrants, mostly from the former French colonies, were obediently ghettoized.

Of course, France has not only been harboring social explosives since the appearance of the yellow vests at the end of 2018. That phenomenon, like the uprisings in ailing French suburbs as early as 2005, shows, however, as if in a burning glass, resource and distribution struggles. And: excessive violence by protesters and the often racist state power. This complicated social situation has nothing to do with the republican pathos that President Emmanuel Macron avidly serves in everyday life. It is characterized by frustration and feelings of inferiority on the one hand and elitism on the other.

New breaks in society

The former editor-in-chief of the German edition of Charlie Hebdo, Romy Strassenburg, recently said succinctly in a taz interview (when the trial of the Islamist-motivated attack on the satirical newspaper began) that the French dose horribilis In 2015, with its big questions about identity, religion and terror, it was replaced to some extent by new questions that revealed new breaks within society. The public focus is now less on the detached, radicalized young Muslims, but more on a frustrated white lower class in peripheral urban areas who do not shy away from violence. France, according to Strassenburg, “is probably even further away from social unity or pacification than in 2015”. Now on Friday two journalists were caught in a knife attack near the former office of Charlie Hebdo injured. Identify anti-terrorist units; it remains uneasy – also on the subject of Islamism.

After the Islamist attack in front of the former seat of the satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris, the main suspect confessed to the crime. The man arrested after the attack was taking “responsibility for his act,” it said on Saturday, September 26th. from investigative circles. As a motive he named the republication of controversial Mohammed caricatures by “Charlie Hebdo”, which he “could not stand”. (afp)

In early September Macron gave a speech at the Panthéon in Paris, where many French celebrities are buried. The tenor of the speech: The values ​​of the French Republic such as freedom, equality, fraternity and secularism are “indivisible”. And in a discourse in mid-June after the second major Parisian anti-racism demo, Macron actually said: “This fight is unacceptable if it is captured by separatists.” You have to act against racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination, but please don’t . How then? The country clearly has problems with the acceptance of its state organs – and people who think critically about it are pilloried.

France is drifting apart at critical points. And the monetary gap between the poor and the rich is growing steadily. Social housing, for example, has become noticeably less under Macron. A so-called tax on the rich never came. Whether there is good education and good support often depends on the “right” address – and the qualification at an elite institution – in the centrally managed hexagon, which is strongly geared towards the president. Those who apply for jobs, for example, often fall through the grid due to their non-French sounding name and origin from suburbs that are considered desolate.

System of inequality

Only recently, the powerless, conservative human rights representative of the government, Jacques Toubon, recalled that the “system of France” as a whole must be called into question: “a system that creates and maintains inequalities”. For people who do not look French and / or are not materially well off, “the republic does not keep its promises”.

This condition existed before Macron, but contrary to his promises, almost nothing has happened under him in terms of social and appreciative opportunities for advancement. That Macron is meant, who in his 2017 election campaign with the movement La République en Marche (LREM) like Kai aus der Kiste successfully advocated a France “beyond right and left and on the move”, the man who supported the socialists and the conservatives largely cannibalized to this day. That Macron, who in his election campaign was emphatically social democratic and multicultural. And now, in view of the likely final electoral duel in 2022 between him and Marine Le Pen, the head of the Rassemblement National, strategically moves ever further to the right in his domestic political agenda. Garnished with wishy-washy slogans like “Look ahead and don’t leave anyone behind”.

This mix now drives quite a few in the party into dismal perplexity; the mood is bad and trench warfare at LREM. Several MPs have left the National Assembly and Pierre Person, LREM Deputy Chair, has recently resigned. Aurore Bergé, a more conservative MP, recently warned in The world: “Our movement is in a real malaise. We no longer know who we are and what we stand for. ”What the self-absorbed“ Roi Macron ”probably doesn’t care about – for him, technocratic and vertical governance is more important. He sees movement as a vehicle for power.

Socialists as good as dead

The opposition parties, which are heavily revolving around themselves, and the first visible successes on the Franco-German EU axis after a long time are not (yet) making things really uncomfortable for Macron. The Parti Socialiste (PS) is as good as dead and is only discussing the question of whether it would not be smart to gather behind the Greens (EELV), which were very successful in the last European and local elections. But EELV is clumsy at the national level. Does the party even want to gain power, does it want its own presidential candidate?

The Greens are neither trying to clarify their relationship to liberalism, nor are they clear about whether they are striving for a radical, more emotional course or a more rational, moderate one in the future. And two influential figures at EELV, the Grenoble mayor Éric Piolle and the EU parliamentarian Yannick Jadot, are not green in the truest sense of the word. Cooperation with the conservative Republican Party (LR), also divided and divided, is, unlike black-green options in this country, zero issue for both sides. And then there is Jean-Luc Mélenchon, head of the left-wing movement La France insoumise, who is perfect in populist rhetoric. But since neither the Greens nor the Socialists will agree on him as a presidential candidate, the left will probably remain disparate for the time being, unless a left-wing party with a majority for a change is founded.

In contrast to Germany, where due to the electoral system and the federalist principle, a new party cannot march through from a standing start, in France it is much easier to bundle moods and sensitivities in one movement at the national level, see LREM. If Macron, as the most powerful in the state and the current government, does not slowly succeed in defusing the social explosives with rationality and foresight, the mood, which is doubly stressed by Corona, can brusquely tip. The country would then experience a violent reprint of the yellow vests or similar social, thoroughly heterogeneous movements. As a precaution, the national anthem, the bloodthirsty Marseillaise from the days of the revolution, is sung at demos of all stripes.

The republic – it is currently stressing the people in France. She doesn’t let go of her.

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Jihadist attack in Paris: two seriously injured

Two people were seriously injured in a knife attack yesterday in Paris, in front of the former headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, coinciding with the celebration of the trial for the jihadist attack that in 2015 decimated the writing of the satirical publication for publishing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.

Two suspects were arrested. The first, 18 years old, and considered the “main perpetrator of the events”, was arrested near the scene of the attack, said the director of the national anti-terrorist prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard, in charge of the investigation. According to the first elements of the investigation, it is a Pakistani. The second suspect is 33 years old and the police are verifying his links to the main perpetrator.

It was “clearly an act of Islamic terrorism. It’s the street where Charlie Hebdo was, and it’s the way Islamic terrorists operate. It is a new bloody attack on our country, ”said French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

The two injured, both employees of a company neighboring the former Charlie Hebdo headquarters, are hospitalized but are not in danger of death, added Castex, who immediately went to the scene.

The national antiterrorist prosecutor’s office opened an investigation for “attempted murder linked to a terrorist act” and “terrorist criminal association”.

Butcher knife. The attack occurred shortly before noon. A man, armed with a butcher knife, wounded two people, a man and a woman, on Nicolas Appert Street, the same street where the editorial of the satirical weekly stood five years ago.

Following the attack on January 7, 2015, in which 12 people were killed by jihadists Chérif and Said Kouachi, including some of France’s most famous cartoonists, the magazine moved to other offices, the address of which is kept secret. .

“Two colleagues were smoking a cigarette in the street. I heard screams. I went to the window and saw one of them, covered in blood, and a man with a machete chasing him, ”an employee of the Premières Lignes audiovisual production agency told the press.

The police set up an impressive security perimeter in the neighborhood, in the heart of Paris. At first there were rumors about the presence of a bomb after a suspicious package was detected, but this clue was discarded. As a precaution, the mayor’s office ordered the closure of the neighborhood schools and thousands of children were confined for hours.

Al Qaeda threat. This attack coincides with the trial for the attack on Charlie Hebdo, in which 14 people are being tried by a special court for the alleged support given to the material authors of the attack, who died after the attack. The satirical publication expressed its support for the victims. “Charlie’s entire team supports his former neighbors and colleagues and those injured in this heinous attack,” the magazine tweeted.

Days ago, al Qaeda threatened the weekly with another massacre after it republished the cartoons of Muhammad that had made it a target of jihadists five years ago.

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Knife attack in Paris near Charlie Hebdo editorial team (new-deutschland.de)

Police vehicles are parked on a street near the crime scene.

Photo: Thibault Camus / AP / dpa

Paris. After the knife attack near the former editorial offices of the Parisian satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” with at least two people injured, there is suspicion of terrorism. The anti-terrorist prosecutor in Paris confirmed to the German press agency on Friday that they were investigating. At least two people were injured in the attack on Friday afternoon and one suspect was arrested.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has convened an emergency meeting. There were initially different information about the number of injuries – first there was talk of four, later of two. The number of perpetrators was also still unclear. A suspect was arrested near the Place de la Bastille, not far from the crime scene. The media reported two perpetrators – initially there was no confirmation.

Several schools and crèches have been closed as a precaution in the city center. The area around the crime scene was completely cordoned off by the emergency services, as a dpa reporter reported. So there were no panicky scenes, people complained that they couldn’t go home. “Merde, Merde,” an old woman scolded. According to reports, the officials also investigated a suspicious package in the area – initially nothing should have emerged.

The terrorism process surrounding the bloody Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo has been going on in Paris since the beginning of the month. 14 people are charged. A total of 17 people were killed in the series of attacks lasting several days in January 2015. The attacks not only hit the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo, but also a kosher supermarket in Paris. The three perpetrators were shot dead by security forces.

The defendants are accused of helping in various ways in preparing the attacks and of belonging to a terrorist group. In most cases, they face sentences of up to 20 years. The accused are said to have obtained weapons or provided accommodation, for example. “Charlie Hebdo” recently published cartoons of Mohammed again and was then threatened again. dpa / nd

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demonstrations in Pakistan and Iran and success in France

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in several cities of Pakistan, especially in the capital Karachi, to protest against France and Charlie Hebdo magazine, which has returned to reissue the Muhammad cartoons coinciding with the trial of the jihadist terrorists who killed part of their editorial staff in January 2015. Iran has also condemned what it calls “insults to the prophet.”

The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo, in which he republished the cartoons of Muhammad that made him the target of jihadist wrath in 2015, sold out on the first day and is being reprinted. With the title “All that (the attack) for this (the cartoons)”, they have tripled the circulation to reach 200,000 copies. Another 200,000 will be available from Saturday at the points of sale.

The weekly took this initiative coinciding with the beginning of the trial of the attack that on January 7, 2015 cost the lives of 12 of its collaborators, murdered by two jihadist brothers at the Parisian headquarters of the publication. With this, he wanted to show that “he will never surrender or renounce” his freedom to publish.

The attacks sparked large demonstrations throughout Europe in defense of freedom of expression and in condemnation of the jihadist attacks, with a large march in Paris with the main European leaders.

The Muhammad cartoons were first published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005 and taken up by Charlie Hebdo in 2006. They show the prophet with a bomb on his head instead of a turban or armed with a knife flanked by two women with black veil. In addition, the cover of the new issue reproduces a cartoon of Cabu, a cartoonist for the magazine killed in the attack.

17 killed in two attacks

“We started from the principle that there were people who did not know these cartoons, some were not even born when they were published by Charlie in 2006 and they had to understand why these murders were committed in 2015,” Juin said.

The trial for the January 2015 attacks against the satirical weekly and a kosher supermarket, which left 17 dead, began on Wednesday in Paris. A total of 14 people are accused of having provided logistical support to the three material authors of the attacks, who died in clashes with the forces of order.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, protesters have shouted slogans against the French ambassador, called for a boycott of French products and have displayed banners in which they offered to “sacrifice our lives for the sanctity of the prophet.”

The protests were called by the extremist Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party, whose main political weapon is the fight against blasphemy.

In Iran, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has condemned the reissuing of the cartoons in Charlie Hebdo, calling it “a provocation and an insult” to all Muslims in the world. In his view, it goes against “Islamic values ​​and the faith of more than a million Muslims around the world. Ridiculing or insulting Muhammad is punishable by death in Iran.

Iran, however, condemned in 2015 the attack on the writing of the satirical magazine, although it also expressed that for them the publication of the cartoons was an “abuse of freedom of expression.”

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