Thousands of people gathered to honor the teacher brutally killed on Friday Samuel Patya In the center of Paris on Sunday.
Place de la République, meeting people carried with them placards reading, for example, “I am a teacher” and “Not thinking totalitarianism”. People also shouted “I am Samuel,” in imitation of the phrase “I am Charlie”, which was consulted on the 2015 Charlie Hebdo after the attacks.
Among others, the Prime Minister was present in Paris Jean Castex and the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo. Castex released the video on the spot On Twitter.
– You’re not scaring us. We are not afraid. You will not make us split. We are France! the prime minister writes.
Similar commemorations were held on Sunday in many other French cities, such as Marseille and Lyon.
Patyn was brutally killed by an 18-year-old Russian Abdullakh Anzorov. When the police arrived on the scene, the man opened fire on them and tried to stab them as they approached him. Police fired nine shots per man. He later died at the hospital.
The young man was armed with an air gun and a knife. The instrument, a 35-centimeter knife, was found next to the victim’s body.
The author did not know the teacher and had no connection to the school where Paty taught.
Paty, 47, is believed to have been targeted because in early October he had shown his students cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad as part of the teaching of freedom of expression. The issue was topical, as the trial of the Charlie Hebdo attacks began in France in September.