The victim’s body was found in Éragny-sur-Oise, northwest of the French capital, according to the National Counter-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office. The Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the attacker was killed by police in the same area.
The attorney general’s office told CNN that the victim was a high school teacher in the Conflans-Saint-Honorine area.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the teacher “was killed because he was teaching students freedom of expression and freedom of belief and non-belief.”
Speaking at the scene, Macron said that the teacher was “a victim of an Islamist attack”.
Police provided few more details about the attacker, victim, or accident. The counterterrorism attorney general’s office, which investigated the attack, has not publicly disclosed the motive.
The Elysee Palace told CNN that Macron will travel to the city after an emergency meeting at the Interior Ministry.
Interior Minister Gerald Daramin said on Twitter that he “informs himself directly” of the situation “from the crisis room he opened in coordination with the president and prime minister.”
The Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blunker, described the attack as a “despicable assassination of one of his service, a teacher,” and said that his thoughts were with the victim’s family.