A historical past instructor decapitated exterior his secondary college in a Paris suburb on Friday after he reportedly confirmed a caricature of the prophet Muhammad to his pupils has been named.
Samuel Paty, 47, who taught historical past and geography on the college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine , north-west of the French capital, was attacked on Friday night by an 18-year-old man who was shot lifeless by police shortly afterwards.
Earlier this month, Paty had reportedly proven a category of teenage pupils a caricature from the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo throughout an ethical and civic schooling class dialogue about freedom of speech, sparking a livid response from plenty of dad and mom who had demanded his resignation. Earlier than presenting the caricature, the instructor reportedly invited Muslim college students to go away the classroom in the event that they wished.
Afterwards, the daddy of a 13-year-old lady who didn’t depart the category posted a video on YouTube claiming the instructor had proven a “picture of a unadorned man” claiming he was the “Muslim prophet”. The daddy known as on different dad and mom to hitch him in a collective motion in opposition to the instructor, whom he described as a “voyou” (thug).
To be able to calm the state of affairs, the varsity organised a gathering between the headteacher, the instructor and an official from the schooling authority.
The 18-year-old killer, who was born in Moscow and was reported to be from Chechnya, attacked Paty as he left the varsity, beheading him with a big kitchen cleaver. He then took a photograph of his sufferer and posted it, with a message to French president Emmanuel Macron signed “Abdullah the servant of Allah”, on social media.
Witnesses stated the killer shouted “Allahu Akbar”, then ran off chased by police. He was shot lifeless after refusing to give up. Officers stated they fired no less than 10 occasions after the attacker threatened them.
Macron visited the scene of the assault on Friday night. “One in all our compatriots was assassinated at the moment as a result of he taught, as a result of he taught pupils freedom of expression, the liberty to consider and never consider,” he stated. “This was a cowardly assault on our compatriot. He was the sufferer of a typical Islamist terrorist assault.”
9 folks had been being questioned by police on Saturday, amongst them members of the attacker’s household, together with his grandfather and 17-year-old brother.
The anti-terror prosecutor has opened an investigation into “assassination linked to a terrorist organisation and affiliation with terrorist criminals”.
The schooling minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, is because of meet instructor and mum or dad representatives on Saturday and is anticipated to launch a message of solidarity to all college workers and pupils’ households afterwards. The anti-terrorism prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard, can be anticipated to make a press release on Saturday.
A courtroom in Paris is at present making an attempt 14 folks in reference to the January 2015 killings at Charlie Hebdo and the kosher grocery store Hyper Cacher, and the gunning down of a police officer. Three weeks in the past, a person with a knife stabbed two members of a tv manufacturing firm exterior the previous places of work of Charlie Hebdo in response to the newspaper’s determination to republish the controversial caricatures, initially printed in 2015, to mark the opening of the trial.
Workers at Charlie Hebdo launched a press release after Friday’s killing expressing their “horror and revulsion”.
On social media, dad and mom paid tribute to the instructor. “RIP Monsieur Paty. He was my son’s instructor final yr. He was a person of nice humanity,” wrote one.
The hashtag #JeSuisProf (I’m a instructor) was spreading on social media on Saturday. It’s paying homage to #JeSuisCharlie, which emerged as a worldwide wave of help for the journalists and workers of Charlie Hebdo killed in 2015.