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France's Macron says knife attacker targeted freedom of expression

France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the closing of the EU summit news conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium October 16, 2020. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - The man who killed a middle school teacher for showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad to his pupils was targeting freedom of expression, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.

“A citizen has been murdered today because he was a teacher and because he taught freedom of expression,” Macron said near the school where the teacher was killed in a suburb northwest of Paris. Macron said the attack was Islamist terrorism.

“The whole country stands behind its teachers. Terrorists will not divide France, obscurantism will not win,” he said.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq

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