President Macron hails murdered France teacher ‘quiet hero’

President Macron hails murdered France teacher ‘quiet hero’
Mr Macron paid tribute to the teacher at a memorial in Paris. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: French President Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to ‘quiet hero’ Samuel Paty, the teacher who was murdered last Friday by a lone Muslim attacker.

Mr Paty was targeted close to his school near the capital Paris for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.

The 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov, the killer of Mr Paty who beheaded him, was shot dead by police.

On Wednesday, while speaking at a televised memorial service for the murdered teacher, Mr Macron told viewers that France “will not give up our cartoons”.

The memorial service was attended by the teacher’s family and some 400 guests.

The coffin of Mr Paty was brought into the ceremony on the shoulders of a guard of honour and to the sound of the song “One” by the rock group U2.

On top of the casket was the teacher’s Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour. It was posthumously awarded to Mr Paty.

President Macron said the teacher had tried to teach his pupils how to become citizens.

“He was killed precisely because he incarnated the Republic”, Frech President said.

“He was killed because the Islamists want our future. They know that with quiet heroes like him, they will never have it,” Mr Macron added.

Mr Paty had been the target of threats since he showed the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during his class on 6 October.

The geography and history teacher advised Muslim students to leave the room if they thought they might be offended.

Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad can cause serious offence to Muslims because Islamic tradition explicitly forbids images of Allah and Muhammad.

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