In France, nine people have been arrested in the last hours, after a teacher who had shown his students cartoons of the prophet Muhammad was beheaded Friday on the outskirts of Paris by an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin.
The crime, quickly described as “Islamist attack”By the authorities, has shocked France, which since 2015 has suffered a series of jihadist attacks that have left more than 250 dead.
Who was the beheaded professor in France?
Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old history and geography teacher, motivated and close to his students, according to those who knew him, was beheaded in the middle of the street, on Friday afternoon, near the school where he worked, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a small town of 35 thousand inhabitants located 30 km from Paris, France.
Immediately after the attack, the police tried to detain a man armed with a knife in the area who threatened them, prompting the officers to open fire and the alleged aggressor died.
His identity was confirmed this Saturday. I was 18 years old, He was born in Russia but was Chechen and had no criminal record, although he had committed a minor crime. The security services had also not registered a possible radicalization of the suspect.
Who are the detainees linked to the case?
So far he has stopped four relatives of the aggressor (his parents, his grandfather and his minor brother) already five other people around you. Among them is the father of a student at the institute where the victim worked with whom he had had a discussion after showing the cartoons of Muhammad in a class focused on freedom of expression.
- After the crime, the national antiterrorist prosecutor’s office opened an investigation by “murder linked to a terrorist company ” Y “terrorist criminal association“.
This says the president of France
President Emmanuel Macron he immediately went to the scene of the murder and asked “the whole nation” to rally around the teachers to “protect and defend them“. “Not pass. The obscurantism and the violence that accompanies it will not win, “said the president.
This Saturday, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, sent a message of solidarity on Twitter to all teachers “in France and in Europe”.
- “Without them, there are no citizens, without them there is no democracy,” said the official.
Rodrigo Arenas, co-president of the FCPE, the largest French association of parents of pupils, confirmed that a few days ago he received a report from “an extremely angry father” because in her daughter’s class a cartoon of Muhammad had been shown in class.
According to Arenas, to avoid hurting the sensibilities of some, the teacher would have “invited Muslim students to leave the classroom” before showing the image of the prophet crouched, with a star drawn on his buttocks, and the inscription “A star is born” .
What other clues do you have?
Police are also investigating a message that could have been posted on Twitter by the attacker, showing a photo of the victim’s head. The author also sends a message to Macron calling him “leader of the infidels” and says he wanted revenge on the person who “dared to belittle Muhammad.”
In January 2015, the editorial staff of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, who had published controversial cartoons of Muhammad, was attacked by two jihadists and 12 people were killed. On November 13 of that same year, Paris was the scene of several simultaneous jihadist attacks that caused 130 deaths and 350 injuries.
“The fundamental values of the Republic are affected: first the freedom of the press with Charlie Hebdo and now the freedom to teach,” said the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, quoted by its spokesmen.
The attack came exactly three weeks after a knife attack by a 25-year-old Pakistani near the old Charlie Hebdo offices, in which two people were injured. The author of that Islamist attack had told investigators that he wanted to avenge the rebroadcasting of the cartoons in September for this publication.
- On Friday, Charlie Hebdo tweeted his “horror and outrage after a practicing professor was assassinated by a religious fanatic”.
- This Saturday morning several roses were deposited at the entrance to the educational center where the crime was committed, located in a quiet neighborhood, according to the inhabitants.