A French teacher at a nursery school who on Monday claimed he had been stabbed by a man in his classroom in Aubervilliers, a suburb of Paris, has admitted to prosecutors that he invented the story.
The 45-year-old teacher said he was alone in his room when a man wearing balacklava and gloves attacked him, after grabbing a box cutter and scissors in the room. He also said the man was shouting "It’s DAESH. It’s a warning."
According to police sources the teacher stabbed himself with a box cutter and was hospitalised with minor stab wounds in his side and throat.
There were no children in the school but only staff members when the teacher reported he was attacked. Classes were cancelled after he made the claims.
Prosecutors said they were still questioning the teacher over why he lied.
"He is being interviewed with a view to establishing the reasons for this invented story," an official said.
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Education Minister, travelled to the Aubervilliers school on Monday.
"We will continue to reinforce security measures at schools in a context where schools feel threatened," said Vallaud-Belkacem.