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On anniversary of killing, France pays tribute to teacher beheaded over Mohammed cartoons

French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer (righ) while unveiling a book sculpture as part of a tribute ceremony to French teacher Samuel Paty, in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, northwestern Paris, on October 16, 2021, one year after Paty was beheaded by an extremist after showing his class cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. (Alain Jocard/AFP)
French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer (righ) while unveiling a book sculpture as part of a tribute ceremony to French teacher Samuel Paty, in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, northwestern Paris, on October 16, 2021, one year after Paty was beheaded by an extremist after showing his class cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. (Alain Jocard/AFP)

France pays tribute to schoolteacher Samuel Paty, one year after he was beheaded by an extremist after showing his class cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

Paty, 47, was stabbed and then decapitated after leaving the middle school where he taught history and geography in the tranquil Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on the evening of October 16, 2020.

Paty’s violent death stunned the French. Educators saw it as an attack on the core values teachers have taught generations of schoolchildren, including the separation of church and state and the right to blaspheme.

“To pay tribute to Samuel Paty is to pay tribute to the Republic,” says Prime Minister Jean Castex, speaking at a ceremony unveiling a plaque at the entrance to the Education Ministry.

“Homage to Samuel Paty… Murdered by an Islamic terrorist for teaching and defending the values of the Republic, including freedom of expression,” reads the plaque.

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