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Teacher stabbed in Paris by man citing Islamic State

Police at the scene of this morning's attack
Police at the scene of this morning's attack

A teacher in a suberb to the north of Paris has been stabbed by a man citing Islamic State, according to local reports.

The stabbing happened at around 7am this morning at the Jean Perrin d'Aubervilliers school in the northern suburbs of Paris, near St Denis.

The Le Parisien newspaper are claiming that the man used a boxcutter in the attack and that he cited Islamic State.

It is understood that the attacker was wearing a balaclava.

The victim was injured but initial reports say the injuries are not life threatening.

The attacker is believed to have escaped and is still at large.

Last month,a series of co-ordinated attacks in the French capital claimed the lives of 130 people.

In French-language propaganda after the attacks, IS had urged followers to attack French teachers and school administrators, saying France's secular education system was poisoning young minds.

In today's attack in the town of Aubervilliers, an assailant in a ski mask and gloves arrived at the Jean Perrin pre-school before class began and attacked the teacher with a box-cutter and scissors, said Philippe Galli, the top government official for the Seine-Saint-Denis region.

No children were present, only the teacher and other staff members, he told reporters outside the school.

French media said the teacher did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem went to the school and promised to ensure security at schools around the country.

"It's an act of great gravity," she said.