Samuel Paty was strict with his pupils, but he cared about them, and had regularly phoned their homes during lockdown to check they were OK
French MPs took a moment of silence to honor Samuel Paty, the teacher who was murdered after reportedly discussing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad with his students. Paty's suspected killer was later shot and killed by police.
A week after the murder of history teacher Samuel Paty, many in France have been championing the country's fierce secular values. But some say the long-held belief is fueling divisions — and extremism.
The coffin of Samuel Paty is carried in the courtyard of Sorbonne University during a memorial in Paris. The history teacher was beheaded by an attacker after he showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in class. More photos of the week: 📷 Francois Mori
In France last week, teacher Samuel Paty was brutally beheaded after leading a class discussion on free speech that included cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Journalist and former Charlie Hebdo columnist @CarolineFourest tells me that “we cannot be ruled by fear.”
French journalist @CarolineFourest is unequivocal about the importance of freedom of speech, saying we cannot be cowed by the brutal murder of Samuel Paty. “We just cannot be ruled by them. We have to resist, and the only way to resist is to draw, is to laugh, is to think.”