The French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced this Sunday that the Government that has given orders to the Police so that they are expelled 231 foreigners who reside illegally in France, and are listed for being radical Islamists. From them, 180 are in jail.
This decision comes after on Friday, a high school teacher named Samuel Paty died beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen immigrant, who was killed by the police shortly thereafter.
The murder occurred after Paty showed in her class Muhammad cartoons to discuss with their students the issue of freedom of expression.
Thousands of people on the street
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the main French cities this 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.
Among the political leaders who have participated are the delegate of the official La República En Marcha, Stanislas Guerini; the leader of La Francia Insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon; the general secretary of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, and that of Europe Ecology-The Greens, Julien Bayou. They have also been the mayor of Paris, the socialist Anne Hidalgo, former President François Hollande and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
“We are not afraid. They will not divide us.”, Prime Minister Jean Castex has posted on Twitter. “We are France! Freedom, equality, fraternity. Tribute to Samuel Paty”, has proclaimed Castex in a message accompanied by images of the crowd chanting La Marseille.
“Whatever our political, union or other differences, we must demonstrate unity and show that We are not afraid of the enemies of the Republic. Unity is the condition for success, “said the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer.
Mélenchon has highlighted in a handkerchief with the tricolor flag that it is “our duty as Republicans to be present” in the face of the murderers. “The purpose of these criminals is to divide us”, has underlined.
“The government should ask questions” about what may have led to the murder of Samuel Paty. “I ask for national unity (…). We forget everything, all the other battles, and we focus on the need to be together,” the leftist leader added.
The cowardice of the left
Valls, however, has lashed out at Mélenchon, who has “a very great responsibility in this cowardice of the left” against Islamism.
He highlighted the absence of Los Republicanos, the main right-wing party, and the far-right Unión Nacional de Marine Le Pen. “There have been too many attacks without real retaliation. Too many marches followed by too many setbacks. Too many tributes without courage,” the spokesman for the Republicans in the Senate posted on Twitter, Bruno Retailleau.
On the part of the National Union they ask for “political action, working on something more concrete” because “They are a little fed up with the candle policy”, a party source has pointed out.
“I’m a teacher”
The first call was that of Paris, promoted by ‘Charlie Hebdo’ in the Republic Square, but there are also appointments in Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes, Lille y Marsella.
On January 11, 2015, the Place de la République de Paris was the scene of a rally of rejection for the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo after the publication of the Muhammad cartoons shown in class by the murdered teacher on Friday. So 1.5 million people gathered after the murder of twelve people in the newsroom of the weekly.
Then the phrase ‘I am Charlie‘(I am Charlie) in support of the magazine and its workers. Now the phrase ‘I’m a teacher‘(I am a teacher) in support of teaching and freedom of expression.
Macron has spoken with the family
According Sunday Newspaper, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, He spoke Saturday with the teacher’s parents, 47, as well as his widow and sister. He was the father of a child. In addition, the Government has announced a national tribute will be paid on Wednesday in a place yet to be specified.
The Association of Mayors of France (AMF) has asked all municipalities to pay tribute to the victim, proposing “display in their buildings the hashtag #JeSuisEnseignant (I am a teacher), to respect a minute of silence at the next town hall meeting and choose a day for the City Council flag to drop to half-mast “.
“Like any teacher, he sought to prepare young people for the exercise of critical thinking, an essential condition for full citizenship”, he has published Charlie Hebdo on his Facebook page.
The professor had shown the images during a lesson on freedom of expression in early October. Images of Muhammad are forbidden in Islam and they can offend Muslims.
Its publication sparked a deadly attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in January 2015. Suspects charged with links to these attacks in January 2015 are currently in court in a trial that is expected to be prolonged until mid-November.
A subsequent series of attacks in France, many claimed by the Islamic State terrorist organization, cost more than 230 lives in 2015 and 2016.