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France pays tribute to teacher beheaded over Prophet cartoons

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France pays tribute to teacher beheaded over Prophet cartoons

PARIS – France paid tribute to schoolteacher Samuel Paty today, one year after he was beheaded by an extremist after showing his class cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.

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 last year.

Paty’s violent death stunned France’s educators, who 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 Paty is to pay tribute to the republic,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said at a ceremony flanked by Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and in the presence of the victim’s family.

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