Paris decapitation: Teenager of Chechen origin recognized as suspect
The sufferer was Samuel Paty, a historical past and geography trainer at a secondary faculty within the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine space, in line with the French Training Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer. Blanquer mentioned Saturday that Paty was murdered “for instructing a category that needed to do with one of many pillars of democracy — freedom of expression.”
“Samuel Paty embodied our Republic’s most noble asset: its colleges. He was cowardly murdered by enemies of freedom. We can be united, agency and resolute,” Blanquer wrote in a tweet.
The alleged attacker was shot useless by police on Friday afternoon in Éragny, the identical space the place the sufferer’s physique was discovered. 9 people have been taken in for questioning in relation to the assault, together with the suspect’s dad and mom, grandfather and brother, the judicial supply added.
French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned the trainer was a “sufferer of an Islamist assault.” Talking on the scene of the assault, Macron mentioned the educator was “killed as a result of he was instructing college students freedom of speech, the liberty to imagine and never imagine.”
Nordine Chaouadi, a guardian of one of many pupils on the faculty, advised Newpaper24 that the trainer had taken the Muslim youngsters out of the category earlier than exhibiting the caricatures. “My son advised me that it was simply to protect them, it was out of pure kindness, as a result of he needed to present a caricature of the prophet of Islam and easily mentioned to the Muslim youngsters: ‘Exit, I do not need it to harm your emotions,’ that is what my son advised me,” he mentioned.
Police have offered few different particulars concerning the attacker, the sufferer or the incident. The anti-terror prosecutor’s workplace, which has taken over the investigation of the assault, has not spoken publicly a few motive.
Inside Minister Gerald Darmamin mentioned on Twitter that he was “protecting himself instantly knowledgeable” of the state of affairs “from the disaster room (he) had opened, in liaison with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.”
Training Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer described the assault as a “despicable assassination of one in all its servants, a trainer,” and mentioned his ideas have been with the household of the sufferer.
Friday’s assault comes as a trial continues referring to a collection of January 2015 terrorist assaults which started with a bloodbath on the Charlie Hebdo places of work following the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.