In addition to the demonstration in Paris, many gatherings in memory of the beheaded professor in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine are also taking place this Sunday in France.
Thousands of people gathered this Sunday in Paris Place de la République to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the history professor beheaded Friday in the Yvelines. Holding up signs “no to totalitarianism of thought” or “I am a teacher”, they calmly greeted the memory of this murdered teacher after showing caricatures of Muhammad to his students.
From the far left to some representatives of the right, several political leaders, such as Yannick Jadot and Olivier Faure on the left, took part on Sunday in the rallies organized two days after the beheading of a teacher in the Yvelines, but not always in a climate union.
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On site, Jean-Luc Mélenchon was accompanied by Adrien Quatennens, Danièle Obono and Eric Coquerel. The leader of rebellious France called for “national unity”. “We forget everything, all the other battles and focus on the need to be together. Because it’s punching the enemy, they do this with the intention of terrorizing and dividing. a failure, we are not afraid and we are not divided, “he said. “You have to know how to regroup, the goal of the assassins is to divide us,” he continued.
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A minute of silence was observed in the presence of Prime Minister Jean Castex. “We are not afraid. You will not divide us,” Prime Minister Jean Castex launched on Twitter. “We are France!” added the head of government, alongside the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, the Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship Marlène Schiappa and thousands of people.
Jean Castex stood alongside the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and the president of the Ile-de-France region Valérie Pécresse (ex-LR). The latter had indicated to come “Place de la République support our teachers struck in their flesh”, on Twitter. “But I deny to all those who have been in all the parades and all the petitions with the Islamists the right to have a clear conscience and to be exempt from all responsibility by demonstrating,” she added, referring to the far left.
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Around the statue of the Place de la République, which continued to fill up, some waved tricolor flags, others placards on which one could read “it is dark in the land of lights” “I am a Muslim, I am against violence, I am for freedom of expression “,” I am the child of a teacher “or even” I am a teacher “. A man played Hugues Auffray’s song “Adieu Monsieur le Professeur” on the guitar, which was sung by many people gathered around him. Marseillaise were also sung.
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Some protesters carried placards displaying caricatures of Muhammad published by Charlie Hebdo. The front page of the satirical newspaper “Tout ça pour ça”, published in early September on the occasion of the opening of the trial of the 2015 attacks and which included the cartoons, was also brandished by some. “I am there as a teacher, as a mother, as a Frenchwoman and as a Republican,” said Virginie, a music teacher in the Paris region.
Guigané, 34 years old and socio-cultural mediator in Essonne, carries her 4-year-old son on his shoulders. She is there to pay homage to Samuel Paty, and “to be indignant against this heinous and dreadful act”. “This violence must not set in and become our daily life or that we get used to it,” she says. Véronique, in a down jacket, a conservatory teacher, came with her husband but without their teenage children. “They were afraid to come,” she said. For her, “it’s time to come forward”.
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All over France, other events were organized, notably in Lyon, Lille, Nantes and Marseille to pay tribute in turn to Samuel Paty.
A national tribute will be paid Wednesday in coordination with the family of the murdered teacher, announced the Elysee, without specifying the location. The departmental council of Yvelines proposed to rename the college where he taught with his name. The investigators continued their investigations this Sunday to trace the responsibilities and possible complicity in the attack.