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French President Emmanuel Macron speaking in front of a school on Oct. 16. Photo: Abdulmonam Eassa/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned what he described as an “Islamist terrorist attack” after a teacher was decapitated in a Paris suburb on Friday, AP reports.

What they're saying: “One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught ... the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe,” Macron said, per AP. “We must stand all together as citizens."

  • Police fatally shot the suspected attacker after the beheading.

The big picture: French authorities said the teacher had discussed caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed with students, leading to complaints from parents. France's anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the murder.

  • Authorities have arrested at least nine people in connection with the beheading, including relatives of the alleged attacker, according to Le Monde, a French newspaper.
  • “Through one of its defenders, it is the Republic which has been struck in the heart by Islamist terrorism,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said Saturday, according to Reuters.
    • “In solidarity with its teachers, the State will react with the greatest firmness so that the Republic and its citizens live, free! We will never give up. Never.”

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Facebook takes down dueling French, Russian online influence campaigns in Africa

Faustin-Archange Touadera, president of the Central African Republic, gives a speech at a campaign rally in Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec. 12, 2020. Photo: Xinhua/André Bâ via Getty Images

Facebook took down three networks of accounts that were waging online influence campaigns in Africa, which researchers linked to an infamous Russian troll farm and the French military.

Why it matters: The report offers an unusual look into an antagonistic online influence campaign that pitted two adversaries against each other in real time.

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The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

A horizontal drilling rig and a pump jack sit on federal land in Lea County, New Mexico. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."