Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, near Paris, by an 18-year-old Chechen Russian for showing caricatures of Muhammad in class on October 5.
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Back on the 11 days which led to the assassination of the history and geography teacher, which caused a wave of emotion and indignation in France, five years after the attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Muhammad in progress
Monday October 5. Samuel Paty teaches his grade 4 studentse at the Collège du Bois d’Aulne, a reputedly quiet school establishment in the heart of a residential area of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
This 47-year-old professor of history and geography wants to illustrate his comments on freedom of expression by showing two caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad published by the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
The first is the front page of the newspaper published just after the January 2015 bombing, the second shows the naked and crouching prophet with a star on his buttocks, with the caption “A star is born”.
According to several accounts, the teacher previously asks Muslim children to leave the classroom if they wish so as not to be shocked by a caricature of the naked prophet.
“You have the teacher’s name”
This demand goes badly with some students and, by extension, some parents.
The next day, October 6, “a mother contacted the principal in tears, telling her that her daughter had been” put aside “in the hallway on the pretext that she was a Muslim”, according to a note from the agents. local intelligence published by dailies Release and The Parisian.
On October 7, again according to this note, the principal of the college received an anonymous email denouncing a “climate of Islamophobia” and accusing the establishment of “dividing” from “an early age.”
The same day, on Facebook, a parent of a student posted a message in which he referred to a teacher who “bragged to my daughter that he took part in Charlie’s walk”.
“You have the teacher’s address and name to say STOP,” he adds. The education authorities will specify later that the daughter of this father was not present during October 5.
He goes to college, accompanied by Islamist activist Abdelhakim Sefrioui. He is received by the principal.
On October 8, the father posted on Facebook a new video implicating the professor and filed a complaint with the police station with his daughter for broadcasting pornographic images.
The video is gaining momentum on social networks and is shared by many accounts, including that of the great mosque of Pantin (north-east of Paris), which will recognize after the fact “an awkwardness”.
Four days later, on October 12, Samuel Paty was summoned to the police station and filed a complaint in return against the father for public defamation.
A new video targeting the teacher is released the same day on YouTube.
Friday October 16. Samuel Paty leaves college to go home. He was killed near the establishment by Abdullakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old Chechen Russian, who cut off his head.
When the police arrive, the assailant shoots in their direction, the police retaliate and kill him.
From the next day and throughout the weekend, demonstrations were organized throughout France, bringing together tens of thousands of people waving for some of the signs “I am Samuel”.