French Prime Minister, paying tribute to slain teacher, says France will stand up for its values – .

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French Prime Minister, paying tribute to slain teacher, says France will stand up for its values – .


Schoolchildren hold a photo of French history teacher Samuel Paty, a year after he was beheaded outside his school in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, as they pose during a ceremony in the Nice Education offices in Nice, France on October 15, 2021. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PARIS, October 16 (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Jean Castex paid tribute on Saturday to history professor Samuel Paty a year after his assassination by a radical Islamist, saying France would defend its values ​​of secularism and freedom.

The attacker of Paty, a teenager of Chechen origin, had wanted revenge for the use by the teacher of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a course on freedom of expression for 13 years. Muslims regard any portrayal of the Prophet as blasphemous.

“Here is a man who wanted to do his job, a demanding and sometimes thankless job, a man who only aspired to transmit the values ​​of freedom, secularism, tolerance, free will (…)”, declared Castex after the unveiling. a commemorative plaque at the Ministry of National Education.

“For these reasons, a servant of the Republic was assassinated,” he added.

A series of Paty’s memorial ceremonies were held on Friday and Saturday, with schoolchildren singing songs and observing minutes of silence in classrooms. Read more

France, home to the largest Muslim minority in Europe, has seen a wave of attacks by Islamist activists or their supporters in recent years

Reporting by Sybille from La Hamaide Editing by Frances Kerry

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