French teacher to stand trial over charges of making up Islamic State attack

A teacher at a Jewish school in the southern French city of Marseille will stand trial in April after investigators concluded that he falsely reported being stabbed by Islamic State supporters, the prosecutors said on Thursday. Five days after the Nov. 13 attacks in which Islamic State militants killed 130 people in Paris, Marseille teacher Sylvain Saadoun had

said he had been stabbed by three people, one of them wearing an Islamic State T-shirt. “The latest forensics expertise leads us to conclude … that the most likely hypothesis is self-mutilation,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The teacher’s account of the events “was not corroborated by the first checks carried out by the rescue workers, nor by the forensic experts,” the statement said.



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