The Government of France has made a Knight of the Legion of Honor and awarded the posthumous medal of merit to Samuel M. Paty, a 23-year-old professor of geography and history, assassinated on October 16 for showing controversial cartoons of Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression.
France surrenders this Wednesday national tribute to Paty, while others 7 people, two of them minors, will pass throughout the day to testify before an antiterrorist judge for possible charges in relation to the murder of the teacher.
In total, 16 people have been arrested to date to verify their possible involvement, but six of them were released on Tuesday after being questioned. Four members of the murderer’s family, the 18-year-old Chechen Abdoullakh Anzarov, were released.
Samuel Paty, 47, was beheaded on Friday near his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) by the 18-year-old refugee of Chechen origin year old Abdullakh Anzorov, after showing his students cartoons of Muhammad during a course on freedom of expression departed on 5 October.
Among the seven people called to testify this Wednesday is the father of a student who asked the Muslim community to mobilize after the free speech class. Investigators are looking for evidence of their collaboration in the WhatsApp messages shared with the attacker.
Another of the detainees who allegedly declares today accompanied Anzorov to buy the weapon he used during the attack, says the French press.
Ceremony at the Sorbonne
The ceremony with which France will pay posthumous tribute to the professor will be this afternoon at the Sorbonne University in Paris and will feature a total of 400 guests, several of them students of the teacher.
The chosen place is the courtyard of the Sorbonne University, a symbolic place for the spirit of the Enlightenment and education, as recalled by the French press.
It will have the presence of President Emmanuel Macron who will deliver the medal of merit and the decoration of Knight of the Legion of Honor to the teacher’s family.
Macron promised this Tuesday long-term reinforced action against radical Islamism. Also this Tuesday thousands of people participated in a demonstration in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine to say no “to barbarism”. And all the deputies observed a minute of silence.