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A year after Samuel Paty's murder, teachers in France give their verdict on the current classroom mood

By Prisca Borrel
Pupils and teachers gather at the Pierre d'Aragon secondary school at Muret in south-west France on November 2nd 2020, in homage to Samuel Paty. © Photo Lionel Bonaventure / AFP Pupils and teachers gather at the Pierre d'Aragon secondary school at Muret in south-west France on November 2nd 2020, in homage to Samuel Paty. © Photo Lionel Bonaventure / AFP

On October 16th 2020 history and geography teacher Samuel Paty was murdered near his school in the north-west suburbs of Paris where he had previously shown pupils caricatures of Muhammad as part of a lesson. A year later, Mediapart visited a similar-sized community at Alès in southern France to speak to teachers there about life in the classroom following a brutal killing that shocked the nation. They told Mediapart about their hopes, their fears and their complicated relations with pupils who they say are being drip fed with 'fake news'. Some also expressed their anger about an education system they consider to be too passive in the face of the current situation. Prisca Borrel reports.

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The leaders of the main political parties, associations and trade unions joined demonstrations in solidarity with murdered teacher Samuel Paty on Sunday afternoon in Paris, Place de la République, and in many other cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux.

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A demonstration showing solidarity with murdered teacher Samuel Paty, held at Rennes in west France on Saturday October 17th. © Bertrand Guay/AFP A demonstration showing solidarity with murdered teacher Samuel Paty, held at Rennes in west France on Saturday October 17th. © Bertrand Guay/AFP

A few minutes after the horrific murder of Samuel Paty near Paris, his attacker Abdoullakh Abouyezidovitch A. posted a photo of the history teacher's head on his Twitter account. Mediapart can reveal that at the end of August the 18-year-old Russian-born Chechen had also posted a photomontage of a mock decapitation. It has also emerged that several people had flagged the youth's Twitter account to the authorities in recent months. Matthieu Suc reports.