Who was the teacher beheaded near Paris and what happened to the suspect?

A HISTORY teacher who opened a discussion with high school students on caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was beheaded on a French street on Friday.

Police have shot dead the suspected killer.

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Who was the teacher beheaded near Paris?

The teacher, who was not identified, had received threats after opening a discussion “for a debate” about the caricatures about 10 days ago, a police official told The Associated Press.

The parent of a student had filed a complaint against the teacher, another police official said, adding that the suspected killer did not have a child at the school.

The gruesome killing of the teacher occurred in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

“We didn't see this coming,” Conflans resident Remi Tell said on CNews TV station. 

The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation for murder with a suspected terrorist motive, the prosecutor's office said.

It was the second terrorism-related incident since the opening of an ongoing trial on the newsroom massacre in Jan. 2015 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo after the publication of caricatures of the prophet of Islam.

What happened to the suspect?

The suspect was killed by police in adjoining Eragny.

The towns are located in the Val d’Oise region northwest of Paris.

The suspect, armed with a knife and an airsoft gun – which fires plastic pellets – was shot dead about 600 yards from where the male teacher was killed after he failed to respond to orders to put down his arms.

French media reported that the suspect was an 18-year-old Chechen, born in Moscow.

That information could not be immediately confirmed.

What did President Emmanuel Macron say?

France President Emmanuel Macron was on his way to the area, but has yet to comment.

Macron's government is working on a bill to address Islamist radicals who authorities claim are creating a parallel society outside the values of the French Republic.

France has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe with up to 5 million members, and Islam is the country’s No. 2 religion.

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