A historical past trainer decapitated exterior his secondary faculty 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 faculty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine , north-west of the French capital, was attacked on Friday night by an 18-year-old man who was shot useless 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 a lot of dad and mom who had demanded his resignation. Earlier than presenting the caricature, the trainer reportedly invited Muslim college students to depart 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 trainer had proven a “photograph of a unadorned man” claiming he was the “Muslim prophet”. The daddy referred to as on different dad and mom to affix him in a collective motion in opposition to the trainer, whom he described as a “voyou” (thug).
In an effort to calm the scenario, the college organised a gathering between the headteacher, the trainer 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 college, 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 mentioned the killer shouted “Allahu Akbar”, then ran off chased by police. He was shot useless after refusing to give up. Officers mentioned they fired at the very least 10 instances after the attacker threatened them.
Macron visited the scene of the attack on Friday evening. “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 imagine and never imagine,” he mentioned. “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 trainer and father or mother representatives on Saturday and is predicted to launch a message of solidarity to all faculty employees 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 currently trying 14 people 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 television production company exterior the previous workplaces of Charlie Hebdo in response to the newspaper’s choice 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 trainer. “RIP Monsieur Paty. He was my son’s trainer final 12 months. He was a person of nice humanity,” wrote one.
The hashtag #JeSuisProf (I’m a trainer) was spreading on social media on Saturday. It’s harking back to #JeSuisCharlie, which emerged as a world wave of assist for the journalists and employees of Charlie Hebdo killed in 2015.