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Jewish teacher 'stabbed in Marseilles by Islamic State supporters'

Francois Revilla

Published 18/11/2015 | 21:28

People observe a minute’s silence at the Place de la Republique in memory of the victims
People observe a minute’s silence at the Place de la Republique in memory of the victims
A couple in Paris mourn the victims of the terrorist attacks

A teacher at a Jewish school in the southern French city of Marseilles was stabbed on Wednesday by three people professing support for Islamic State, but his life was not in danger, prosecutors said.

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Three people on two scooters, one of them wearing an Islamic State t-shirt, approached the teacher in the street, Marseilles prosecutor Brice Robin told Reuters.

Another of the attackers showed a picture on his mobile telephone of Mohamed Merah, a homegrown Islamist militant who killed seven people in a series of attacks in southern France in 2012.

"The three people insulted, threatened and then stabbed their victim in the arm and leg. They were interrupted by the arrival of a car and fled," Robin added.

The UEJF Jewish students' union condemned the attack in a statement and urged police to use all means to catch the assailants.

It said that the victim, a history and geography teacher, had received three knife wounds.

The attack came several weeks after a knife attack on a rabbi in the city, France's second biggest.

France has been in a state of emergency since gunmen and suicide bombers killed 129 people in a series of attacks, claimed by Islamic State, in Paris last Friday.

A couple in Paris mourn the victims of the terrorist attacks
A couple in Paris mourn the victims of the terrorist attacks

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