Knife attack, France


A history teacher was killed in Conflans Saint-Honorine in the middle of the street!

What we know

  • Around 5 p.m. A man with a knife is spotted by police 
  • Individual become aggressive and refuse to cooperate with police
  • The suspect shot to death by police


  • A man was found beheaded in Conflans Saint-Honorine, in Yvelines
  • The victim was a history teacher who was reported in early October by parents of students for showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad

Police and government action

  • The investigation was opened for "assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise" and "criminal terrorist association."
  • The national police of Val d'Oise recommend avoiding the area at the level of the boulevard de la commune de Paris and the corner of the boulevard Salengro in Eragny


Last update: 19/10/2020 at 07:15 GMT+2. See UPDATES for more!

Update 17/10/2020 at 01:00 am GMT+2

  • French Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin said he had set up a crisis centre to deal with Friday’s attack
  • A Twitter thread posted on Oct. 9 contained allegations that a history teacher in Conflans Sainte-Honorine had shown pupils cartoons purporting to depict the Prophet Mohammad
  • The suspect of the attack is a young man(18), born in Moscow 

Update 17/10/2020 at 10:00 am GMT+2

  • Nine people in custody
  • According to information from BFMTV, nine people were taken into custody. Among them, there are first four members of the family of the assailant shot on Friday: his parents, his grandfather and his 17-year-old brother

Update 17/10/2020/ at 15:30 GMT+2

  • According to the head of the French anti-terrorism prosecutor's office, the crime was committed by a "Russian citizen of Chechen nationality."
  • 9 people arrested
  • This incident declared as a terrorist attack

Update 17/10/2020 at 15:55 GMT+2

  • It's confirmed that attacker had refugee status and residence permit (issued on March 4 2020)
  • Charlie Hebdo, SOS Racisme and teachers' unions invite people to meet on Sunday, at 3 p.m. in Place de la République, Paris to pay tribute to the killed professor

Update 18/10/2020 at 10:00 GMT+2

  • The French authorities are working to create a more effective strategy for responding to threats against teachers
  • Charlie Hebdo and teachers unions call for Sunday rally in Paris, Franc

Update 19/10/2020 at 07:15 GMT+2

  • French authorities intend to expel 231 foreigners that have been red-flagged in the File of Alerts for the Prevention of Terrorist Attacks
  • Eleven individuals have been detained in connection with the attack
  • While a national tribute will be paid to Samuel Paty on Wednesday, demonstrations are being held in dozens of cities across France in a show of solidarity and defiance
  • More police operations were underway on Monday in connection with the killing of a French teacher by a suspected Islamist, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said


What to do in the case of terrorist attack

  • Remain calm and be patient
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials
  • Know the emergency numbers of the country you are in
  • Listen to the radio or television for news and instructions
  • Call your family contact—do not use the telephone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency
  • If there is an explosion outside a building, stay inside. Keep away from windows, lifts and outside doors in case there’s another bomb nearby
  • Be vigilant in public areas and places that attract foreigners and westerners –  hotels, restaurants, bars and crowded places like markets, malls or sports events. Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Think about the routes you use and have a plan of action to follow in the event of an incident
  • Keep your mobile phone charged and with you, with emergency numbers programmed in
  • Find the safest way to leave the area. Move as quickly and calmly as you can


What to do after the terrorist attack

  • If you are at the airport, minimise the time spent in the public area, which is generally less well protected. Move quickly from the check-in counter to the secured areas.
  • Do not go out into the public streets
  • If you saw the explosion inform the police
  • Make yourself aware of your surroundings. Be aware of the conduct of people near to you. If they are acting suspicious, alert the local authorities
  • Follow the advice of local emergency officials
  • Listen to the radio or television for news and instructions
  • Stay away from large gatherings or demonstrations