French police arrest 9 after instructor beheaded in avenue

5 extra have been detained in a single day, amongst them two mother and father of pupils on the Faculty du Bois d’Aulne the place the instructor was employed.

Muslim leaders condemned the killing, which many public figures perceived as an assault on the essence of French statehood and its values of secularism, freedom of worship and freedom of expression.

Tareq Oubrou, the imam of a Bordeaux mosque, denied the killing marked a conflict of civilisations.

“It’s not a civilisation that kills an harmless individual, it’s barbarity,” Oubrou informed France Inter, including that the litany of lethal assaults by Islamist militants or their sympathisers was devastating for France’s Muslim group.

“Every single day that passes with out incident we give thanks,” he stated. “We’re between hammer and anvil. It assaults the Republic, society, peace and the very essence of faith, which is about togetherness.”