French teacher admits making up 'Islamic State' preschool stabbing
Paris: An elementary teacher in school in Paris suburb who claimed on Monday that he was stabbed in his classroom by an Islamic State supporter has admitted to prosecutors that he invented the story.
The 45-year-old teacher at a school in Aubervilliers, northeast of Paris, was hospitalised with light stab wounds in his side and throat. The local prosecutor said he is being questioned on why he lied about the attack.
The teacher had earlier claimed that he was attacked on Monday by a man claiming to support the Islamic State jihadist group wielding a box cutter and scissors.
The assault claim came at a time when France is cautious and the Islamic State in November urged its followers to kill teachers in the French education system for teaching secularism and being "in open war against the Muslim family".
The 45-year-old man was stabbed in the side and throat while preparing for his class at a school in Aubervilliers, northeast of Paris, but his life was not in danger, a police source said.
The attacker was dressed in overalls and a balaclava and arrived without a weapon but grabbed what appeared to be a box cutter that was lying in the classroom as well as a pair of scissors.
According to local prosecutors the man shouted: "This is Daesh. This is a warning." Daesh is another name for IS.
The brief exchange was reported by a witness working inside the school.
The attacker fled after stabbing the teacher and the probe has been taken over by anti-terrorist investigators.
The Islamic State's French-language magazine Dar-al-Islam called in its November edition for its followers to kill teachers in the French education system, describing them as "enemies of Allah".
"This education, in the case of France in particular, is a means of propoganda used to impose the corrupt way of thought established by the Judeo-masonry," it said.
"Muslims must know the French education system is built against religion and Islam as the only religion of truth cannot cohabit with this fanatic secularism."