France 24
France 24 18 Oct 2020

France rallies in solidarity and defiance after beheading of teacher near Paris

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Thousands of people rallied in Paris and other French cities on Sunday in a show of solidarity and defiance following the beheading of a teacher outside his school for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.


Rallies in dozens of cities across France were expected Sunday in a show of solidarity and defiance following the decapitation of a teacher outside his school for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
#France's Interior minister Gerald Darmanin said Monday that #police operations are underway into dozens of people who allegedly issued messages of support for the attacker after the beheading of a history #teacher near Paris. Samuel #Paty was beheaded in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee, who was later shot dead by police. Police officials said Paty had discussed caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad with his class, leading to threats.
Rallies in dozens of cities across France were expected Sunday in a show of solidarity and defiance following the decapitation of a teacher outside his school for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Is nothing sacred? Since the 19th century, France has sent out public school teachers to the four corners of the land with a mission to embody the values of the Republic. To behead a social studies teacher over Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the prophet in the carefully controlled context of a civics class on secularism and free speech defies reason. 

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