Beheaded Teacher Was ‘Quiet Hero’ Who Incarnated French Values, Macron Says

PARIS—President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Wednesday to a French history teacher beheaded by an Islamist radical as a “quiet hero” dedicated to instilling the democratic values of the French Republic in his pupils. Samuel Paty’s attacker, a teenager of Chechen origin, had wanted to avenge the teacher’s use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression for 13-year-olds. Muslims see any depiction of the Prophet as blasphemous. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech in front of the coffin of slain teacher Samuel Paty during a national memorial event, in Paris, France, on Oct. 21, 2020. (Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters) In a nationally televised memorial service presided over by Macron, Paty’s coffin was carried into the courtyard of Sorbonne university in Paris to the soundtrack of the U2 song “One.” Atop the casket lay Paty’s Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest decoration that was awarded posthumously to the slain teacher. “He was killed precisely because he incarnated the Republic,” a visibly emotional Macron said. “He was killed because the Islamists want our future. They know that with quiet heroes like him, they will never have it.” French President Emmanuel Macron pays his respects in front of the coffin of slain teacher Samuel Paty in the courtyard of the Sorbonne university during a national memorial event, in Paris, France, on Oct. 21, 2020. (Francois Mori/Pool via Reuters) Abdullakh Anzorov decapitated Paty with a large knife on a street in a middle-class Paris suburb in broad daylight last Friday in a killing officials called an attack on French values. Police shot dead the 18-year-old soon afterward. The murder has convulsed France, carrying echoes of the Islamist attack in 2015 on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after it published cartoons of Prophet Mohammad. In an act of solidarity, the Occitanie regional authorities projected a series of Charlie Hebdo’s past political and religious cartoons, including those of the Prophet Mohammad, onto public buildings in the cities of Toulouse and Montpellier. Macron said: “Samuel Paty on Friday became the face of the Republic, of our desire to break the will of the terrorists … and to live as a community of free citizens in our country.” Cash payments France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said Anzorov had paid pupils at the College Bois d’Aulne to identify his victim, knowing only his name and the school where he taught after a parent launched a campaign against Paty on social media. “This identification was only possible with the help of students from the school. They identified him in exchange for payment,” Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference. Ricard said the killer had arrived at the school early on Friday afternoon and offered students between €300 and €350 ($350 to $415), telling them he wanted to force an apology from Paty but also to “humiliate and hit him.” Two students aged 14 and 15 were among seven people detained for alleged complicity to murder in a terrorist endeavor, or association with a terrorist. They were handed over to a judge to determine whether they should be placed under investigation—at which point they would be treated as formal suspects. Ricard also confirmed that Anzorov had made contact with the school parent who posted videos online accusing Paty of stigmatizing Muslims and calling for him to be fired. The parent was among the seven presented to the judge. By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Richard Lough

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Pics: Defying Islamists, Giant Image of Mohammed Projected onto French Government Building After Beheading

Heavily armed police officers stood guard Wednesday evening as a French city defied Islamist terrorism by projecting huge images of Charlie Hebdo cartoons on a local government building. The projections, which included cartoons of Mohammed, came as part of a French national tribute to teacher Samuel Paty which is taking place on Wednesday evening. Paty, a history teacher in the

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Seven People Handed Over to Judge in Probe on French Teacher’s Murder

PARIS—Seven people, including two minors, were handed over to a judge overnight as part of an ongoing investigation into last week’s murder of French teacher Samuel Paty, an official from the anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office said. Paty was beheaded on Oct. 16 in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Police shot the attacker dead. A man waves a French national flag during a silent march to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the French teacher who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, on Oct. 20, 2020. (Lucien Libert/Reuters) Investigators say the teenager had sought to avenge his victim’s use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. A school parent who had posted a video accusing the teacher of using the caricatures in class was among the seven presented to the judge. Richard Ferrand, speaker of the lower house of parliament and a former teacher, told BFM television that parents should “stay out of schools and leave teachers alone. One must hand back full authority to the teachers.” A child holds up a a poster of Samuel Paty as people gather on Republique square in Lille, northern France, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo) Prosecutors have said the attacker had approached pupils outside the school and asked them to identify Paty as he left for home. Two of those pupils were among those presented to the judge, as was Islamic terrorist Abdelhakim Sefrioui from the Cheikh Yassine Collective, whose closure could be decided later in the day by the French cabinet. The murder shocked France, and carried echoes of the attack five years ago on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after the magazine had also published cartoons of Prophet Mohammad. Public figures called Paty’s killing an attack on the Republic and on French values. French regional newspaper La Nouvelle Republique has received threats on social media after it published a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad on its front page, one of its journalists said on Wednesday. A national tribute in honor of Paty will be held at the Sorbonne university in Paris on Wednesday. By Jean Terzian and Henri-Pierre Andre

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Beheaded Teacher Paty Will Get France’s Highest Honor: Minister

A woman holds a banner as she attends a tribute to Samuel Paty, the French teacher who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans St Honorine, at the Place de la Republique, in Lille, France, on Oct.18, 2020. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters) PARIS—Samuel Paty, the 47-year old history teacher beheaded by a suspected Islamist last week, will posthumously get France’s highest award, the “Legion d’Honneur,” education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told BFM TV on Tuesday. Paty was murdered on Friday in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Police shot the attacker dead. The teenager sought to avenge his victim’s use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. The murder shocked France and carried echoes of the attack five years ago on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Public figures called the killing an attack on the Republic and on French values. A national ceremony in honor of Paty will be held at Paris’ Sorbonne university on Wednesday.

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Pupils in Paris No-Go Suburbs Cheered Burning of French Flags in Response to Mohammed Cartoons

Pupils in the Paris suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis allegedly cheered footage of Pakistanis burning French flags in response to Charlie Hebdo republishing the Mohammed cartoons. Teacher Jean-Baptiste Jorda claimed that one of his classes at a high school in the heavily migrant-populated Seine-Saint-Denis district outside Paris reacted with anger after being shown images of Mohammed that were published by Charlie Hebdo. “They exploded,”

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Paris Mosque Apologises For Sharing 'Fatwa' Video Prior to Islamic Beheading Attack

A mosque in Paris has apologised for sharing a video from a parent who called for a ‘mobilisation’ campaign against Samuel Paty, a teacher who was beheaded after showing his class a caricature of the Islamic prophet Mohammed shortly afterwards. On Sunday, the leader of the Pantin mosque in Paris, M’hammed Henniche, admitted to sharing the video, which detailed the

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French Premier Joins Nationwide Tributes to Beheaded Teacher

PARIS—France’s prime minister joined demonstrators on Sunday who rallied together across the country in tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. The demonstrations came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump sent France a message of solidarity in the wake of the attack. People gather on Republique square during a demonstration in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class, in Paris, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Euler/AP Photo) Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police. French Prime Minister Jean Castex stood with citizens, associations, and unions demonstrating Sunday on the Place de la Republique in Paris in support of freedom of speech and in memory of the 47-year-old slain teacher. A child holds up a a poster of Samuel Paty as people gather on Republique square in Lille, northern France, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Spingler/AP Photo) Some held placards reading “I am Samuel” that echoed the “I am Charlie” rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. A moment’s silence was observed across the square, broken by applause and a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Demonstrators also gathered in major cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille, and Bordeaux. French authorities, meanwhile, say they have detained an 11th person following the killing. People observe a minute of silence in Bayonne, southwestern France, in memory of the teacher Samuel Paty, on Oct. 18, 2020. (Bob Edme/AP Photo) Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said an investigation for murder with a suspected terrorist motive was opened. At least four of those detained are family members of the attacker, who had been granted 10-year residency in France as a refugee in March, was armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets. His half-sister joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2014, Ricard said. He didn’t give her name, and it wasn’t clear where she is now. The prosecutor said a text claiming responsibility and a photograph of the victim were found on the suspect’s phone. He also confirmed that a Twitter account under the name Abdoulakh A belonged to the suspect. It posted a photo of the decapitated head minutes after the attack along with the message “I have executed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Muhammad down.” A demonstrator holds a French flag with the slogan “Freedom of Speech” during a demonstration in Paris on Oct. 18, 2020. (Michel Euler/AP Photo) The beheading has upset moderate French Muslims and a group of imams in the Lyon region are holding a special meeting Sunday to discuss what the group called “the appalling assassination of our compatriot by a terrorist who in the name of an uncertain faith committed the irreparable.” The head of the world’s largest body of Muslim-majority nations has also condemned the killing. In a statement Sunday by the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the office of the general secretary, Yousef al-Othaimeen, reiterated the OIC’s “well-known position of rejecting all forms of extremism, radicalization and terrorism for any reason or motive.” Girls light candles outside the school where a slain history teacher was working, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, on Oct. 17, 2020. (Michel Euler/AP Photo) The attack has provoked a strong international rebuke. U.S. President Donald Trump addressed the killing Saturday night from a political rally in Janesville, Wisconsin. “On behalf of the United States, I’d like to extend my really sincere condolences to a friend of mine, President (Emmanuel) Macron of France, where they just yesterday had a vicious, vicious Islamic terrorist attack—beheading an innocent teacher near Paris,” he said. “France is having a hard time and Macron’s a great guy.” By Thomas Adamson

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Protesters Demand Migrant Amnesty in Paris Day After Migrant Terror Attack

Thousands of pro-migration protesters took to the streets of Paris, demanding that the French government give amnesty to the “undocumented” migrant population just one day after a Chechen migrant is believed to have beheaded a teacher in Paris. On Saturday, several thousand protesters were seen marching in the French capital — defying the country’s China virus lockdown measures — as

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Charlie Hebdo Attack Trial Suspect Threatens Policewoman in Court

One of the suspects currently on trial in connection to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January of 2015 is said to have threatened a female police officer in court. Ali Riza Polat made threats to the female officer who had come to give testimony about the events of the terrorist attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and

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Solidarity Demonstrations for French Teacher Beheaded for Showing Images of Prophet Mohammed

PARIS (AP) — Demonstrations around France have been called in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police. Political leaders, associations,

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Teenager Asked Pupils to Identify French Teacher Before Beheading Him

PARIS/CONFLANS-SAINTE-HONORINE, France—The teenager who beheaded a teacher outside the school in a Paris suburb where he taught had approached pupils in the street and asked them to point out his victim, anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said on Saturday. Police shot dead the 18-year-old attacker, who was born in Russia, minutes after he murdered 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty in broad daylight in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday. A photograph of the teacher’s body, accompanied by a message claiming responsibility posted on Twitter, was discovered on the assailant’s phone, found near his body. Ricard said the Twitter account belonged to the attacker. The post was removed swiftly by Twitter, which said it had suspended the account because it violated the company’s policy. Ricard quoted the message as saying: “In the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful, … to (President Emmanuel) Macron, leader of the infidels, I have executed one of your hell-hounds who dared to belittle (Prophet) Mohammad.” Earlier this month Paty had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression, angering a number of Muslim parents. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. The attacker, of Chechen origin, had been living in the town of Evreux northwest of Paris, and was not previously known to the intelligence services, Ricard told a news conference. The anti-terrorism prosecutor confirmed police were holding nine people in custody in connection with the attack. The killing shocked the country and carried echoes of an attack five years ago on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Prime Minister Jean Castex said it bore the hallmarks of Islamist terrorism. “I want to share with you my total indignation. Secularism, the backbone of the French Republic, was targeted in this vile act,” Castex said. Four close relatives of the attacker were detained soon after the attack. Five more were detained overnight, including the father of a pupil at Paty’s school, College du Bois d’Aulne, and an acquaintance of the pupil’s father known to the intelligence services. In the days after the lesson on freedom of expression, the pupil’s father recorded several videos in which he branded the teacher a thug and called for him to be fired. In one, he urged others to “join forces and say ‘stop, don’t touch our kids.'” The videos were shared on social media. The half-sister of the pupil’s father had joined the ISIS terrorist group in Syria in 2014, the prosecutor said. It was not immediately clear if the teenage attacker knew either the pupil’s father or the father’s acquaintance. Parents of pupils laid flowers at the school gate. Some said their children were distraught. “(My daughter) is in pieces, terrorized by the violence of such an act. How will I explain to her the unthinkable?” one father wrote on Twitter. In an outpouring of grief, the hashtag #JeSuisSamuel (I am Samuel) trended on social media, like the #JeSuisCharlie call for solidarity after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in 2015. Before that attack, Charlie Hebdo had published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, unleashing divisions that still cast a pall over French society. Muslim leaders condemned Friday’s killing, which many public figures perceived as an attack on the essence of French statehood and its values of secularism, freedom of worship, and freedom of expression. By Sybille de La Hamaide and Thierry Chiarello

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Macron Confirms Street Beheading an 'Islamist Terrorist Attack', Victim Targeted for Teaching 'Freedom of Expression'

French president Emmanuel Macron has confirmed that a street beheading near Paris was “an Islamist terrorist attack” perpetrated against an educator “teaching his students about the freedom of expression”. The unnamed victim, reported to be a teacher of history and geography, is said to have been targeted because he showed images of the Islamic prophet — Muslims were said to

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Court Convicts Man for Praising Islamist Terrorists, Threatening to 'Tear Out' Prison Manager's Eyes

A 39-year-old man has been convicted by a French court for praising the actions of radical Islamic terrorists and threatening to kill prison guards while an inmate at a French prison. The Orleans Correctional Court found 39-year-old Mounir Barkan guilty of praising several terrorists including the Kouachi brothers, who carried out the terrorist attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie

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