Sunday, October 25

Demonstrations expected across France after the assassination of a professor

Paris – Against horror, mobilization: major demonstrations are expected on Sunday all over France in tribute to Professor Samuel Paty, assassinated on Friday for showing his students caricatures of Muhammad, an attack which aroused enormous emotion and for which ten people were taken into custody.

The leaders of the main political parties, associations and unions will demonstrate on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Paris, Place de la République, and in many other cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes or even Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux.

The boss of La République en Marche, Stanislas Guerini, the leader of La France insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the boss of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, and that of Europe-Ecology-Les Verts, Julien Bayou, notably announced their participation. . Their respective political parties also called for joining the rallies.

The Charlie Hebdo newspaper 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 after the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Hide attacks, which gathered around 1.5 million participants. .

Friday around 5:00 p.m., Samuel Paty was beheaded near the college where he taught history and geography in a quiet area of ​​Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines). Her assailant, an 18-year-old man, was then shot nine times by police.

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 “barbaric act“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 post the hashtag #JeSuisEnseignant on their buildings, to respect a minute of silence at the next municipal council meeting and to choose a day for the town hall flag to be half-masted“.

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 (of support note) 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 (of the teachers) by responding with the greatest firmness to all the enemies of the Republic“, he assured the JDD.

The leader of deputies LR Damien Abad for his part suggested a pantheonization of the teacher, arguing for a “strong symbolic act“. “The terrorists wanted to behead the Republic. You have to show that she is standing. It goes beyond the very person of Samuel Paty“, he underlined.

– “Before and after” –

In Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where the attack took place, a thousand parents, elected officials or ordinary 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 instit” 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 pupils are also very affected, like Marie, currently in second and came in front of her old establishment to deposit flowers in “tribute to his former teacher“.

I remember his free speech class. We talked about Charlie, we made pictures that are still hanging in the college“, explains the young girl, moved.

– Spotting –

The assailant, killed by police after the attack, has been identified as Abdoullakh A., an 18-year-old Chechen Russian, born in Moscow and who fled to France with his family, national anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean told reporters. -François Ricard.

Known for a background in common law but not intelligence services for radicalization, Adboullakh A. had carried out scouting Friday afternoon near the college, according to Mr. Ricard.

A message addressed to Emmanuel Macron, “the leader of the infidels“, explaining wanting revenge on that”who dared to belittle Muhammad“and the photo of his decapitated victim were found stored on his phone. They were also posted on Twitter.

In Evreux, his neighbors painted the portrait of a young man “discreet“, “immersed in religion” for three years.

Moscow, for its part, insisted via its embassy in Paris that “this crime had nothing to do with Russia“, the young man having left the minor country.

His parents, his grandfather and his younger brother were arrested in Evreux (Eure) during the night from Friday to Saturday. Seven other people were also arrested, including a father of a college student.

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