A French teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded by an Islamist terrorist near his college in Yvelines. He had shown caricatures of Muhammad to his students.
A thousand people gathered in the town on Saturday to pay tribute to him. “Do not give in to fear”: a thousand people gathered on Saturday in front of the Bois d’Aulne college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) in France, the day after the beheading of a history teacher , amuel Paty by Islamists , who had shown caricatures of Muhammad to his class. The national anthem was chanted, then applause swept through the crowd.
Tens of thousands of people gathered, Sunday, October 18, in Paris and throughout France to pay tribute to the professor and defend freedom of expression. Several teachers’ unions and associations had called to get together. A national tribute will be paid to this history and geography professor on Wednesday, the Elysée announced on Saturday.
Emmanuel Macron went to Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday evening with Prime Minister Jean Castex and Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer. On the spot, Emmanuel Macron spoke with gravity, evoking ” an Islamist terrorist attack “, and calling ” to unite, because we are citizens united by the same values, a history, a destiny .
Abdelhakin Sefrioui, an Islamist preacher working at the Pantin mosque who seems to have orchestrated the hate campaign targeting Samuel Paty, presenting himself as “responsible for imams in France”, has been on file for many years,. He was arrested this Saturday, in the middle of the afternoon.
The great mosque of Pantin, which also condemned the terrorist attack that claimed the life of history teacher Samuel Paty, was pointed out in the investigation for having posted on its Facebook page the video of a father of a student calling for the dismissal of the teacher, giving it immense echo.
Teaching challenges: “We are faced with a questioning of the teacher’s word in relation to social networks”
After the assassination of one of their own, the history and geography teachers confide in their dismay at the reactions of some of their students on parts of the program considered sensitive. In a report AFP stated that A Fatwa was launched againest the history teacher by Islamists in France.
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Islamist Terrorism in France since 2015
January 7-9, 2015 Attacks in Paris against Charlie Hebdo , the Hyper Cacher store and in Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine). 17 dead (plus 3 terrorists).
April 19 Murder of Aurélie Châtelain in Villejuif (Val-de-Marne).
June 26 Assassination of Hervé Cornara in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier (Isère).
November 13 Series of suicide attacks and shootings near the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), against cafes and in the Bataclan auditorium in Paris, perpetrated by three commandos. 130 dead (plus 7 terrorists), 413 injured.
June 13, 2016 Assassinations of a police officer, Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, and of his partner, Jessica Schneider, administrative agent, in Magnanville (Yvelines).
July 14 Nice attack (Alpes-Maritimes) with a ram truck, on the promenade des Anglais. Assessment: 87 dead, including the terrorist.
July 26 Attack on the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray (Seine-Maritime). Father Hamel, 88, is killed.
April 20, 2017 Attack by Karim Cheurfi on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Police officer Xavier Jugelé is killed.
1 st October attack in the Gare Saint-Charles in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône). Two young girls killed.
March 23, 2018 Attacks in Carcassonne and Trèbes (Aude). Four killed.
May 12 Knife attack on rue Monsigny, in Paris. A person dead.
December 11 Attack on the Christmas market in Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin). Five dead.
October 3, 2019 Attack of the Paris police headquarters. Four dead – three police officers and an administrative agent – plus the terrorist.
January 3, 2020 Knife attack in Villejuif (Val-de-Marne) in the Hautes-Bruyères park. One dead and two injured.