French teacher attacked by man claiming ISIS link

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French Teacher Stabbed by Masked Attacker Claiming Support for ISIS

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - A teacher who had claimed he was assaulted in a school north ofParis by a man acting for Islamic State was making the story up, the Paris prosecutor's office told Reuters on Monday.

"He is being interviewed with a view to establishing the reasons for this invented story," an official said.

Earlier on Monday, other French officials told how the teacher had reported that a hooded man claiming a link to the militant Islamist group had attacked him with a knife-like weapon as he prepared for classes in a school north of Paris.

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A hooded man claiming to be acting for Islamic State attacked a nursery school teacher with a knife-like weapon as he prepared for classes in a school north of Paris, French officials said on Monday.

The male teacher was taken to hospital after the attack by a man wielding a knife or box-cutter who fled the scene after the attack at about 0630 GMT, said the official, adding that anti-terrorism officials were investigating.

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A police enters a pre-school, Monday, Dec.14, 2015 in Paris suburb Aubervilliers. French anti-terrorism authorities are investigating an attack Monday on a preschool teacher in a Paris suburb by a masked assailant with a box-cutter and scissors who invoked the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
An investigative police officer, left, arrives at a pre-school after a masked assailant with a box-cutter and scissors who mentioned the Islamic State group attacked a teacher, Monday, Dec.14, 2015 in Paris suburb Aubervilliers. The assailant remains at large, and the motive for the attack is unclear, authorities said. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Reporters wait outside a pre-school, Monday, Dec.14, 2015 in Paris suburb Aubervilliers. French anti-terrorism authorities are investigating an attack Monday on a preschool teacher in a Paris suburb by a masked assailant with a box-cutter and scissors who invoked the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
An investigative police officer arrives at a pre-school after a masked assailant with a box-cutter and scissors who mentioned the Islamic State group attacked a teacher, Monday, Dec.14, 2015 in Paris suburb Aubervilliers. The assailant remains at large, and the motive for the attack is unclear, authorities said. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
A police officer patrols near a pre-school, after a masked assailant with a box-cutter and scissors who mentioned the Islamic State group attacked a teacher, Monday, Dec.14, 2015 in Paris suburb Aubervilliers. The assailant remains at large, and the motive for the attack is unclear, authorities said. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
People gather near a pre-school in Paris suburb Aubervilliers, after a masked assailant with a box-cutter and scissors who mentioned the Islamic State group attacked a teacher, Monday, Dec.14, 2015. The assailant remains at large, and the motive for the attack in the town of Aubervilliers is unclear, authorities said. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Police officers control the area near a pre-school after a masked assailant with a box-cutter and scissors who mentioned the Islamic State group attacked a teacher, Monday, Dec.14, 2015 in Paris suburb Aubervilliers. The assailant remains at large, and the motive for the attack is unclear, authorities said. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Police officers (L) stand outside Jean-Perrin nursery school in Aubervilliers, a suburb northeast of Paris, where a teacher was attacked in the morning by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors who cited the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, sources in the police and prosecutor's office said. The 45-year-old teacher was stabbed in the side and throat while preparing for his class at the school, but his life was not in danger, a police source said. The assault comes after the Islamic State in November urged its followers to kill teachers in the French education system for teaching secularism and being 'in open war against the Muslim family'. / AFP / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view taken on December 14, 2015 shows Jean-Perrin nursery school in Aubervilliers, a suburb northeast of Paris, where a teacher was attacked in the morning by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors who cited the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, sources in the police and prosecutor's office said. The 45-year-old teacher was stabbed in the side and throat while preparing for his class at the school, but his life was not in danger, a police source said. The assault comes after the Islamic State in November urged its followers to kill teachers in the French education system for teaching secularism and being 'in open war against the Muslim family'. / AFP / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer walks in front of the building of Jean-Perrin nursery school in Aubervilliers, a suburb northeast of Paris, where a teacher was attacked in the morning by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors who cited the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, sources in the police and prosecutor's office said. The 45-year-old teacher was stabbed in the side and throat while preparing for his class at the school, but his life was not in danger, a police source said. The assault comes after the Islamic State in November urged its followers to kill teachers in the French education system for teaching secularism and being 'in open war against the Muslim family'. / AFP / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
A forensic expert and a police car are seen outside Jean-Perrin nursery school on December 14, 2015, in Aubervilliers, a suburb northeast of Paris, where a teacher was attacked in the morning by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors who cited the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, sources in the police and prosecutor's office said. The 45-year-old teacher was stabbed in the side and throat while preparing for his class at the school, but his life was not in danger, a police source said. The assault comes after the Islamic State in November urged its followers to kill teachers in the French education system for teaching secularism and being 'in open war against the Muslim family'. / AFP / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
Aubervilliers' mayor Pascal Beaudet answers journalists' questions outside Jean-Perrin nursery school on December 14, 2015, in Aubervilliers, a suburb northeast of Paris, where a teacher was attacked in the morning by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors who cited the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, sources in the police and prosecutor's office said. The 45-year-old teacher was stabbed in the side and throat while preparing for his class at the school, but his life was not in danger, a police source said. The assault comes after the Islamic State in November urged its followers to kill teachers in the French education system for teaching secularism and being 'in open war against the Muslim family'. / AFP / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk at the site of Jean-Perrin nursery school in Aubervilliers, a suburb northeast of Paris, where a teacher was attacked in the morning by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors who cited the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, sources in the police and prosecutor's office said. The 45-year-old teacher was stabbed in the side and throat while preparing for his class at the school, but his life was not in danger, a police source said. The assault comes after the Islamic State in November urged its followers to kill teachers in the French education system for teaching secularism and being 'in open war against the Muslim family'. / AFP / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
A forensic expert and a police car are seen outside Jean-Perrin nursery school on December 14, 2015, in Aubervilliers, a suburb northeast of Paris, where a teacher was attacked in the morning by a man wielding a box cutter and scissors who cited the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, sources in the police and prosecutor's office said. The 45-year-old teacher was stabbed in the side and throat while preparing for his class at the school, but his life was not in danger, a police source said. The assault comes after the Islamic State in November urged its followers to kill teachers in the French education system for teaching secularism and being 'in open war against the Muslim family'. / AFP / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)
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According to one judiciary official, the assailant slashed at the teacher's neck and said the act was a signal from the Islamic State group, also referred to in France by the name Daesh.

"This is Daesh, it's a warning," the attacker told his victim, the official said, adding the victim's life was apparently not in danger.

In a recent French-language publication, the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the deadly Paris attacks of Nov. 13, denounced France's state school system and urged readers to kill its teachers because they promoted what it called the evils of secular learning, music and drawing.

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France's education minister and a local government prefect visited the premises of the school in Aubervilliers, in the Saint-Denis region just north of the capital. Classes at the school were canceled.

Prefect Philippe Galli told reporters it was too early to draw conclusions about the character of the attack, noting that the assailant, wearing a balaclava, had apparently found a cutter and a pair of scissors at the school premises.

The incident came a month after gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris in an attack claimed by Islamic State, the militant Islamist group which controls swathes of Syria and Iraq and has vowed to attack France, a member of the coalition of countries conducting air strikes against it.

It also came days after a knifing in London's underground urban rail network which police are treating as a terrorist attack.

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