A teacher has been stabbed to death in northern France as police confirm they have arrested a 20-year-old man on the country’s terror watchlist.

Emergency services rushed to the scene of the terrifying incident at the Gambetta High School in the northern city of Arras this morning.

One pupil told outlet La Voix du Nord: “We were leaving class to go to the canteen when we saw the guy with two knives attacking the teacher, who had blood on him.

“He tried to calm him down and protect us. He told us to leave, but we didn’t really understand, so we ran and others went back upstairs.”

The alleged attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is greatest”, during the ordeal, police told the AFP news agency.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said the suspect, who was arrested alongisde his brother, was on France’s “fichier S” terror watchlist for suspected radicals.

French channel BFMTV reported that the person killed was a French language teacher, while a sports teacher was also stabbed and injured.

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