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France teacher stabbed in class by man shouting ‘Islamic State’


A teacher at a preschool in Aubervilliers, a suburb of Paris, has told police he was stabbed by a man citing so-called Islamic State.

The man said the attacker had shouted: “This is for Daesh [Islamic State]. It’s a warning”, and then stabbed him with a box cutter before fleeing.

However the teacher, 45, later admitted he invented the attack.

France remains on high alert after the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November that left 130 people dead.

‘Fled on foot’

Police sources said the teacher was stabbed in the side and throat at about 07:10 (06:10 GMT) as he was preparing for class at the Jean-Perrin preschool, which caters for children between the ages of three and six.

He told police his attacker arrived wearing a balaclava and gloves, but was unarmed and used weapons he found in the classroom.

He then said the attacker had fled on foot. A manhunt was launched.

Local official Philippe Galli said there were no children present at the time, but other staff members were in the building. Classes have been cancelled.

The anti-terrorism branch of the Paris


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