Against horror, mobilization. Major demonstrations are expected Sunday, October 18 throughout France in tribute to Professor Samuel Paty, assassinated Friday for showing his students caricatures of Muhammad, an attack that aroused enormous emotion and for which ten people were placed in custody on sight.
The leaders of the main political parties, associations and trade unions will demonstrate on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Paris, Republic Square, and in many other cities, including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes or even Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux.
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and Minister Delegate for Citizenship Marlène Schiappa announced that they would go to the Paris rally and represent the government there “In support of teachers, secularism, freedom of expression and against Islamism”.
In particular, the delegate general of La République en Marche, Stanislas Guerini, the leader of La France insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the first secretary of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, and the national secretary of Europe-Ecology announced their participation. -The Greens, Julien Bayou. Their respective political parties also called for joining the rallies. The leaders of the National Rally will shun the rally because, the party is told, “They are in political action (…) and are a little fed up with the candle policy ”.
“Charlie Hebdo” joins the call
The newspaper Charlie hebdo also joined the appeal in the capital. Place de la République, a traditional venue for demonstrations in Paris, was the epicenter of the huge parade of January 11, 2015, which gathered around 1.5 million participants after the terrorist attacks. Charlie hebdo and Hyper Cacher.
This new Islamist attack caused a shock wave in the country. As of Saturday, several hundred people gathered in Nice or Rennes to denounce a “Act of barbarism” and defend “The values of democracy”.
The Association of Mayors of France (AMF) on Saturday called on all municipalities to pay tribute to the victim, proposing to“Display on their buildings the hashtag #JeSuisEnseignant, to respect a minute of silence at the next meeting of the municipal council and to choose a day of half-masting the flag of the town hall”.
A national tribute will be paid Wednesday in coordination with the family of the murdered teacher, announced the Elysee, without specifying the location. And a defense council, chaired by Emmanuel Macron, must take place on Sunday. “Other expressions [de soutien] and announcements are planned after the meetings ”, announced the executive.
Prime Minister Jean Castex said he was working on “An even stronger, faster and more effective response strategy when a teacher is threatened”. “The State will live up to the commitment [des enseignants] responding with the greatest firmness to all enemies of the Republic, he assured the Sunday newspaper. We will not give up anything, we will never give up what we are: free and enlightened citizens, in a secular and united Republic, one and indivisible ”.
” Before and after “
In Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where the attack took place, a thousand parents, elected officials or citizens of all generations gathered with emotion on Saturday afternoon in front of the Bois d’Aulne college where Mr. Paty worked. Many of them were carrying signs “I am a teacher” or ” I’m a teacher “.
“There will be a before and an after October 16 as a teacher: for the first time, a teacher is attacked for what he teaches”, testified Lionel, a history and geography teacher from the neighboring town of Herblay (Val-d’Oise). The students are also very affected, like Marie, currently in second and came in front of her old establishment to lay flowers in “Homage to his former teacher”. “I remember his free speech class. We had talked about Charlie, we had made drawings which are still hanging in the college ”, explained the young girl, moved.