A history teacher who had shown cartoons of Muhammad in class was beheaded last Friday near Paris after being attacked with a knife near the school where he worked.
The victim, identified as Samuel Paty, 47, was attacked with a knife around 5:00 p.m. near a school in the town of Conflans-Saint-Honorine, located about 50 kilometers from Paris.
Who was Samuel Paty?
Samuel Paty was a professor of Geography and History who had taught at the Collège Bois-d’Aulne in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine for five years. Paty, well known and dear among the studentsAccording to some of them, it was commissioned to give a course on moral and civic education on freedom of expression in Secondary. He was married and the father of a five-year-old boy.
Why has he been assassinated?
The trigger for the attack seems to have been a talk by Paty in class on freedom of expression, where she showed the students the cartoons of Muhammad published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo years ago and which led to the murder of several of its employees in 2015. According to local media, the teacher even asked the Muslim students to leave the classroom, aware that this could offend their beliefs.
Was there discomfort about the classes he taught?
The parents of several students did not agree with these classes. One of them even posted a video on the Internet in which he described the teacher as a “bully” who “should no longer remain in National Education” and invited other parents of students to mobilize.
Has the person responsible for the murder been arrested?
The attacker was identified by police forces as an 18-year-old young man of Chechen origin, who after being shot down by police He was found with a knife and a pistol at his side. According to police sources, he published a video of the severed head on social networks before being shot.
How did you find Paty the terrorist?
Abdullakh Anzorov, The young terrorist went to the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine school and asked about the teacher who had shown the cartoons. In appreciation for your help in identifying the teacher, Anzorov handed out hundreds of ten euro notes. To avoid arousing suspicion, he told the students that he wanted to convince Paty to record a video asking for forgiveness.
What has the French Government done?
The French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced this Monday that they have launched police operations against “dozens of individuals” iIdentified for posting hateful messages online after the jihadist attack in which Professor Samuel Paty was killed. Darmanin also confirmed that the Government that has ordered the Police to be 231 foreign nationals illegally residing in France expelled, and they are booked for being radical Islamists. 180 of them are in jail.
How have police operations developed so far?
Since last friday fifteen people have been arrested in connection with the murder of the French professor. Among them are four students from the educational center. The remaining eleven people include relatives of the murderer, such as his parents, grandfather and a young brother, arrested in the town of Évreux, about 80 kilometers from where the attack took place. The father of the student who filed a complaint against the teacher and recorded an accusatory video that was posted on the Internet and Abdelhakim Sefrioui, a well-known radical Islamist activist who denounced the teacher and publicized the case among the Muslim community.
What has been the reaction of the population?
Thousands of people took to the streets of the main French cities last Sunday to remember Samuel Paty. The rallies were first called by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and then the main political parties joined, SOS Racism and the education unions.
What have the political leaders said?
The Gallic President, Emmanuel Macron, called the event an “Islamist terrorist attack.” Macron assured that the victim has been the target because “this terrorist has wanted to destroy the Republic.” “This battle is ours”, he warned, reiterating that “they will not pass.” “The obscurantism and the violence that accompanies it will not win, it will not divide us. That is what they seek,” he added, calling for “unity.
For her part, the leader of the far-right party National Regrouping, Marine Le Pen, He regretted in a message via Twitter that “in France we are at this level of unbearable barbarism.” “Islamism is waging war on us: it is by force that we must expel him from our country, “he said.