There is great emotion in the teaching community. The day after the terrorist attack in the Paris region in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines), the teachers’ unions are received by the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer this Saturday morning at 9:00 am. “I will be, and our country will be at your side to protect you, allow you to do your job which is the most essential job, pass on to our children the knowledge and values which are our common good”, did he declare.
Silent rally in Nice
Demonstrations are planned this weekend: Saturday in Nice Place Garibaldi, several hundred people participated in a silent rally: teachers, principals and citizens marched in procession to the Masséna high school. This improvised demonstration, decided on Saturday morning, was supervised by the police. Rally officials are calling for more back-to-school gatherings.
In the meantime, other events are planned this Sunday: Place Masséna at 1 p.m. in Nice and Place de Gaulle in Antibes, at 3:30 p.m.
The Elysee Palace announced that a “national tribute” would be paid to the murdered teacher, Samuel Paty, next Wednesday. This tribute is organized in coordination with the family.
“We must teach freedom of speech”
Guest of 12/13, Fabienne Langoureau, head of SNES-FSU explains: “Whether it be in a moral and civic education course (the course in which the cartoons were shown), sports, literature … we have to teach freedom of expression. And the cartoon s Obviously the lines are enlarged, that can trigger the debate. (…) The teacher must transmit knowledge and the values of the Republic: freedom, equality, fraternity and secularism. We must speak with the parents, we must communicate, debate. We must remember that blasphemy is authorized in France and explain why. “
Teach the values of the Republic
On its site, the CGT Educ’action 06 reacts: “we are overcome by a deep feeling of horror and astonishment. The CGT Educ’action wishes to express its deepest support to the family and relatives of the victim, but also to all of its colleagues, the educational community and students. “
Contacted, Armel Briend, from the CGT education of 06 will participate in this rally decided the same morning: “We come together with the idea that we cannot risk our life in the course of our duties. We see that a colleague was murdered for barbaric reasons. “ This plastic arts teacher wishes to clarify what the teacher’s work consists of and its limits: “As a teacher, we impart knowledge, we do not pass on freedom of expression. We teach it, we don’t practice it. We have to follow programs, we can’t say anything and everything. We are required to teach the values of the Republic ”.
“It’s absolute horror”
Contacted by France 3 Côte d’Azur, Camille Kleinpeter, CFDT Education 06 manager, reacts: “It’s the absolute horror … I just watched the video of the minister. He supports us. We need a national union and union against all extremism and defend freedom of expression. Here we are on religious fanaticism. But we can face other fanaticisms, far-right or otherwise. “ SVT teacher at Escarène college, he adds:
In our classes, we have the principle of secularism, we are not there to defend such and such a thing. Today, we are all on the same wavelength. We will see what is proposed by the ministry for the recovery. It is essential that we exchange with the students at the start of the school year.
Camille Kleinpeter, CFDT Education Manager 06
On the security aspect, Camille Kleinpeter is confident because a lot of things have already been put in place in the Alpes-Maritimes: CCTV cameras, hidden playgrounds, mediator brigades, reinforced Vigipirate plan, terrorist attacks … He specifies: “you just have to keep in mind that it doesn’t just happen to others and not just elsewhere.”
In the Bouches-du-Rhône
“Appalled”, “angry”, “in shock”, the teachers of the Bouches-du-Rhône are calling to gather from this Saturday at 3 pm Place de la République in Arles. Sunday at 3 p.m., several gatherings are planned: under the shade of the Old Port in Marseille, town hall square in Aix-en-Provence, in front of the town hall in Avignon and Martigues, in front of the school city in Apt.
“We call on the entire population to come together, explains Virginie Akliouat, secretary general of SNUiPP-FSU 13, it is not a man who was killed, it is all that education can represent and that concerns the entire population. “
A primary school teacher, she had discussed with her students the cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo at the time of the January 2015 attacks. “We all spoke of critical thinking in class. This attack must not change the quality of our teaching.”
“We call on the whole population to come together, it is not a man who has been killed it is all that education can represent and that concerns the whole population.”
Virginie Akliouat, Secretary General of SNUiPP-FSU 13
“How to return to class”
For Laurent Tramoni, a middle school teacher in Marseille and academic secretary of the Snes-FSU, the All Saints’ Day holidays should encourage a time of organization and consultation for the resumption of classes. “The teachers, the students will stay with this event on which they will not be able to discuss. It is very important that the National Education prepares in consultation the modalities of return to class, the pedagogical work to analyze what happened . ” For him, it will be important to “recall the founding principles of our society, to ensure that young people appropriate them.”
On social networks, the professors, very shocked, react:
Politicians are also speaking out. Christian Estrosi, mayor (LR) of Nice, asks to “put an end to Islamofascism.”
When asked, the member for the Alpes-Maritimes, Eric Ciotti, revolted: “we never imagined that in France, country of the Enlightenment, a teacher who transmits knowledge could be beheaded by obscurantism, by barbarism … because quite simply he disseminated the ideas that made our country, what our Republic. It is a feeling of horror and it is also a feeling of mobilization which should make us win this war against Islamism. “
What happened this Friday afternoon, vacation day for all the students?
A teacher was found beheaded in the middle of the street in Conflans-Saint-Honorine near his college on Friday at the end of the day and his attacker shot dead by the police. Around 5:00 p.m., the police from the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine anti-crime squad were called in for a suspicious man prowling near the Bois d’Aulne college. When they arrive there, they discover the body of a decapitated man.
47 years old professor of history and geography
Two hundred meters further, in the town of Eragny, they try to stop a man in possession of a stabbing weapon which threatens them. They fire, the man dies of his injuries.
The victim is a 47-year-old history and geography professor from the Bois d’Aulne college, a quiet residential area of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. His portrait was posted on social networks:
The teacher had recently shown caricatures of Muhammad to his students as part of a course on freedom of expression. Some parents were upset, especially on social networks.
Apparently it was a teacher who used to talk to them about Islam, caricatures and all that, it was not the first time that my son came home and he said the teacher told us about this today.
A parent of a student.
Who is the aggressor?
It is said to be a young man aged 18, born in Moscow and of Chechen origin. A man unknown to the intelligence services. According to the first police on the spot, he shouted “Allah Akbar” before being killed by the police. He was armed with a knife, according to a police source.
Investigators are now trying to find out if he himself posted a message on Twitter showing a photo of the victim’s head with a message to Emmanuel Macron, “the leader of the infidels”, and who says he wants to avenge the one “who dared to belittle Muhammad”.
“Islamist terrorist attack”
The President of the Republic quickly went there on Friday. Emmanuel Macron described the facts as an “Islamist terrorist attack”. The head of state assured that the nation would unite against “obscurantism” to “protect and defend” teachers. He added, in a firm tone:
We will all unite. They will not pass. Obscurantism and the violence that goes with it will not win. They will not divide us. This is what they are looking for and we must all stand together.
Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic.
Three weeks after the Charlie Hebdo attack
This attack comes three weeks after the one in front of the former premises of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in the midst of the January 2015 attacks, which had decimated the editorial staff of the satirical weekly. The editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo has been the subject of new threats, from Al Qaeda in particular, since the republication of the Muhammad cartoons on September 2 for the opening of the trial.
The representation of the prophets is strictly prohibited by Sunni Islam. Ridiculing or insulting the Prophet Muhammad is punishable by death in some Muslim countries. In France, caricature is an old practice, which experienced a significant boom in the 19th century thanks to the written press.
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