The sufferer was Samuel Paty, a historical past and geography teacher at a secondary faculty in the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine space, in keeping with the French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. Blanquer mentioned Saturday that Paty was murdered “for teaching a class that had to do with one of the pillars of democracy — freedom of expression.”
“Samuel Paty embodied our Republic’s most noble asset: its schools. He was cowardly murdered by enemies of freedom. We will be united, firm and resolute,” Blanquer wrote in a tweet.
The alleged attacker was shot useless by police on Friday afternoon in Éragny, the identical space the place the sufferer’s physique was discovered. Nine people have been taken in for questioning in relation to the assault, together with the suspect’s dad and mom, grandfather and brother, the judicial supply added.
French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned the teacher was a “victim of an Islamist attack.” Speaking on the scene of the assault, Macron mentioned the educator was “killed because he was teaching students freedom of speech, the freedom to believe and not believe.”
Nordine Chaouadi, a dad or mum of one of the pupils on the faculty, informed Agence France-Presse that the teacher had taken the Muslim kids out of the category earlier than exhibiting the caricatures. “My son told me that it was just to preserve them, it was out of pure kindness, because he had to show a caricature of the prophet of Islam and simply said to the Muslim children: ‘Go out, I don’t want it to hurt your feelings,’ that’s what my son told me,” he mentioned.
Police have offered few different particulars in regards to the attacker, the sufferer or the incident. The anti-terror prosecutor’s workplace, which has taken over the investigation of the assault, has not spoken publicly a few motive.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmamin mentioned on Twitter that he was “keeping himself directly informed” of the state of affairs “from the crisis room (he) had opened, in liaison with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.”
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer described the assault as a “despicable assassination of one of its servants, a teacher,” and mentioned his ideas had been with the household of the sufferer.
Friday’s assault comes as a trial continues referring to a collection of January 2015 terrorist assaults which started with a bloodbath on the Charlie Hebdo places of work following the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.