Following Friday evening’s beheading of a history teacher in a town close to Paris, European leaders have given strong support to the freedom of expression.

President Macron was quickly on the scene following the fatal attack by an 18 year-old Chechen living in France, who was shot dead by police shortly after the incident. The 47 year-old victim, Samuel Paty, had reportedly shown images of the Prophet Mohammed as published in Charlie Hebdo.

Accutely aware of public outrage, he said: Our countryman was the victim of a cowardly attack. The victim of an Islamist terror attack.”

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin cut short a visit to Morocco and returned immediately to Paris.

On Saturday, President of the European Commission ursula von der Leyen sent her condolences to the murdered man’s family and to the French people. “My thoughts go all to teachers, in France and throughout Europe. Without them there are no citizens. Without them, there is no democracy.”

PHOTO: Samuel Paty