Teacher attacked in Paris suburb 'invented' story
A teacher in a Paris suburb who claimed he was attacked at a school on Monday by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors proclaiming support for the Islamic State group, has reportedly confessed that he made the incident up.
The teacher claimed he was stabbed in the side and throat while preparing for his class at a school in Aubervilliers, northeast of Paris.
Translation: Aubervilliers school : the teacher admits he invented/made up his aggression
One French newspaper reported that the man had in fact stabbed himself.
The teacher claimed that the fictional attacker fled after stabbing him leading to the inquiry being taken over by anti-terrorist investigators.
A brief exchange was reported by a witness working inside the school.
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" for teaching secularism and "in open war against the Muslim family". Security has also been boosted at schools.
The alleged attack came as Paris remains on high alert after a wave of shootings and suicide bombings at Paris nightspots on 13 November that killed 130 people and left 350 injured. The Aubervilliers suburb borders Saint Denis, which was home to some of the Paris attackers and organisers.
Monday's incident also comes a little more than a week after two people were injured in an attack on the London underground, carried out by a man who reportedly shouted "this is for Syria". He has since been charged with attempted murder but his family have stated that he was mentally ill.