- The Washington Times - Monday, December 14, 2015

A French preschool teacher who claimed to have been stabbed by a person pledging allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group fabricated the story, officials said Monday.

A police official in Aubervilliers confirmed that the Jean Perrin preschool teacher, who has not been named, admitted to concocting the story, The New York Times reported.

It “was a fake attempt, done so that he could have himself transferred” to another job, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak on the incident, The Times reported.

A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office, Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre, said, “He wounded himself alone in his classroom, before the children arrived.”

The 45-year-old teacher’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, and he is being investigated.

He had originally claimed the attacker said, “This is Daesh, this is a warning,” before stabbing him with a pair of scissors and a box cutter.

Authorities immediately began hunting for the attacker as the Paris prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation for attempted murder, The Times reported.

France has been under a state of emergency since 130 people were killed in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks throughout Paris last month.

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