He had shown caricatures of Muhammad, including those from Charlie Hebdo, to his class during a free speech class. An act that had caused controversy in his college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, in the Yvelines, and which cost him his life.
His death gave rise to many reactions, in the political world in particular, but not only. Several gatherings in his homage are planned in several cities in France on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October.
In Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, the town where the victim taught history to 4th year students, a spontaneous tribute took place in the afternoon of Saturday 17th October. In Paris, SOS Racisme, FSU, Sgen-CFDT, Unsa-Education, SNALC, FCPE, “FIDL – the high school union”, FAGE, UEJF, “Dessinez Create Liberty”, LDH and MRAP call for a rally, with the support of Charlie Hebdo, this Sunday at 3 p.m., Place de la République.
A gathering planned in Paris
In a message published on Facebook and relayed on Twitter by the satirical newspaper, they write: “Victim of an attack perpetrated in the name of a misguided conception of Islam, he had for several days been the target of public retribution. Why this retribution? Because he had shown caricatures of Muhammad in one of his classes where he studied freedom of expression with his students. Like any teacher, he thus sought to prepare young people for the exercise of critical thinking, an essential condition for full citizenship.
They then go on to explain: “Faced with this horror, we call on citizens to gather this Sunday, October 18 at 3 p.m. on Place de la République in Paris. Beyond this gathering, we call on our local representations to organize initiatives in the days to come. “
Tributes planned throughout France
Besides Paris, other gatherings are planned in several French cities. According to Progress, an inter-union rally will take place this Sunday, In Lyon. A rally supported by the Rhône PS Federation which calls “every citizen.ne to participate in the rally organized in Lyon, tomorrow, Sunday, October 18.”
In Normandy, according to local radio Tendance Ouest, the SNES-FSU teachers’ union also called for several rallies. They will take place this Saturday, October 17 at 3 p.m. in front of the town halls of Évreux, Le Havre, Dieppe and the rectorate in Rouen and this Sunday, October 18 at 3 p.m. in front of the town halls of Avranches, Saint-Lô and Cherbourg and place de the Resistance in Caen. In Brittany, and according to the Telegram, a rally took place this Saturday in front of the prefecture of the Côte d’Armor.
According to France 3, several gatherings will also take place at the call of the teachers of Bouches-du-Rhône in Arles, this Saturday, and Sunday at 3 p.m. under the shade of the Old Port in Marseille and town hall square in Aix-en-Provence. In Nice, several people gathered this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the call of the SNES-FSU Syndicate.
While the Elysee Palace announced this Saturday that a national tribute would be paid, this Wednesday, October 21, to the beheaded professor, calls to come together are increasing in the four corners of France. The Republic of the Pyrenees warned, this Saturday, that several gatherings would take place in the regionnot. Sunday at 3 p.m., the Unsa, the FSU, the FCPE, the FNEC-FO and the Education League call for two gatherings on Sunday at 3 p.m. in front of the prefecture, Place Clemenceau in Pau and in front of the sub-prefecture in Bayonne. The municipality of Orthez also offers a republican rally in tribute to the murdered professor at 11:30 am.
This Saturday again, as revealed West France, and at the call of several teachers’ unions or teachers, several gatherings have taken place or will take place in Le Mans, Mayenne, Nantes, and Angers. According to New Republic, two gatherings should also take place in Châteauroux, tomorrow, at 3 p.m. as well as in Niort, this Saturday at 6 p.m. The Charente Libre also adds that a rally took place in Angoulême today at 3 p.m.
Other gatherings also took place this Saturday in Mont-de-Marsan, Dax and Périgueux.
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