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French teacher gets death threat with photo of murdered Samuel Paty

In all, two French teachers in the region of Aix-en-Provence have been sent threatening letters, the public prosecutor's office said.

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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.

French schools pay tribute to murdered teacher Samuel Paty

Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher, was murdered a year ago.

Samuel Paty murder: what impact has teacher's killing had in France?

Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher at a school in the suburbs of Paris, was beheaded near his place of work on October 16, 2020.

How France's shameful deportations help Ramzan Kadyrov's brutal Chechen regime

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Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov. © (grozny-tv) Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov. © (grozny-tv)

In recent months France's interior minister Gérald Darmanin has ordered the expulsion of around a dozen Chechens from the country. This does not just trample over fundamental rights of asylum and the country's commitments under European treaties, says Mediapart's co-founder François Bonnet in this op-ed article. He argues it also means that France is effectively collaborating with Chechen's notorious leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a man accused of overseeing the murder and torture of his opponents.

French schoolgirl admits lying about decapitated teacher

A 13-year-old schoolgirl whose Muslim father led a hate campaign against secondary school teacher Samuel Paty for showing a class on free speech cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and who was attacked and decapitated in the street, has admitted lying to her father about the details of the class in which she was in fact not present. 

Families shocked as French police arrest children aged 10 for 'glorifying terrorism'

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Les Contamines housing estate in Albertville, in the east of France, where the families of the arrested children live. © (FBt-Mediapart) Les Contamines housing estate in Albertville, in the east of France, where the families of the arrested children live. © (FBt-Mediapart)

On November 2nd 2020 schools around France held a minute's silence in a national tribute to teacher Samuel Paty who was decapitated near his school two weeks earlier. The teacher had shown pupils caricatures of Muhammed as part of a lesson on freedom of speech. Three days after that national tribute four pupils in Albertville near the French Alps were arrested by police for “apologia” for or glorification of terrorism and for making death threats. Mediapart's Francois Bonnet spoke to three of the families who tell a very different story from the official accounts. Their stories suggest that the authorities' actions spiralled out of control, amid some confused statements from the local prosecutor.

Beheaded teacher given honours in national tribute at Sorbonne

At a ceremony in front of the Sorbonne University in Paris, teacher Samuel Paty, who was murdered  last Friday by an Islamic extremist for showing cartoons of prophet Muhammad to pupils in a class on civic rights, was posthumously awarded France's highest honour for civil merit, the Légion d’Honneur, by President Emmanuel Macron. 

Macron announces crackdown on Islamic extremists

French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking four days after a teacher was beheaded by a Muslim fundamentalist for having shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, on Tuesday said 'actions will be stepped up' against Islamist extremism and announced the dissolution of a pro-Hamas group he said was 'directly implicated' in the attack.

Father of pupil texted teacher killer before beheading: reports

The father of a pupil at the school where teacher Samuel Paty had shown cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on civic rights had exchanged mobile phone text messages with the teacher's killer before the attack in a north-west Paris suburb, according to reports on Tuesday.

Demonstrations throughout France in tribute to beheaded teacher

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.

The online radicalisation of terrorist who decapitated teacher near Paris

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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.