Arrest After Fatal Stabbing Of Irish Teacher In Paris

Police in Paris are questioning a man in connection with the fatal stabbing of an Irish teacher in Paris.

66-year-old John Dowling was killed in the brutal attack on the evening of Wednesday 05 December, in front of a private college in Courbevoie in the northwest of the city.

He had been living in Paris for two decades and was nearing retirement from his role as an English and International Relations Lecturer at Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci.

The school said in a statement that it was profoundly shocked and saddened by the death, and offered it's sympathy to Mr Dowling's family and friends.

French police have said a 37-year-old Pakistani citizen is in custody.

He is reported to be a former student at the college who had been expelled.

Counselling services have been made available at the college.

The French Government extended it's condolences to the staff and students at the university.

Higher Education Minister Frédérique Vidal posted on Twitter that there was indignation at the killing.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has said it is providing consular assistance to the victim's family.


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