“Samuel Paty has become the face of the Republic”: Macron pays tribute to the murdered teacher


France paid a national tribute, this Wednesday, October 21, to Samuel Paty, professor of history and geography assassinated in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine last Friday, at the Sorbonne, in Paris. The teacher’s coffin was taken to the main courtyard at 7:30 p.m. to the sound of the song “One” by the group U2. Shortly before, President Emmanuel Macron presented the Legion of Honor posthumously to the teacher, in the presence of his family, in privacy.

Samuel Paty, victim of the spiral of hatred

“Tonight I want to talk to you about Samuel Paty”, the head of state Emmanuel Macron told the lectern, describing a man who “Loved books, knowledge, more than anything”, who “ passionately loved teaching and who did it so well, in several establishments, including that of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine ”. The President also paid tribute to “Those teachers that we do not forget”, which included the history-geography teacher.

“In France, the lights never go out”

Samuel Paty became, on Friday, the face of the Republic […] of our determination to understand, to learn, to teach, to be free. We will continue, teacher “, Added the Head of State. Conflans attack: the banal itinerary of a terrorist without history

Tough, he also claimed that Samuel Paty had been “The victim of the fatal conspiracy of stupidity, lies, amalgamation, hatred, the other, hatred of what deeply existentially we are”.

“Making republicans, that was Samuel Paty’s fight”, he said.

“We will continue this fight for freedom and for reason, of which you are now the face, because we owe it to you. By en France, professor, the lights never go out ”, added Emmanuel Macron, promising that “We will not give up caricatures, drawings, even if others retreat”.

“Farewell, Samuel”

“Farewell, Samuel”, launched one of his friends, at the lectern, before the president’s speech and in front of a crowd of 400 guests including a hundred students from establishments in Ile-de-France, members of the government, the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo or the former President of the Republic François Hollande. At the start of the ceremony, a teacher from a Parisian high school and a high school student also read texts by Jules Ferry and Albert Camus.

“Tonight, I want to tell you about Samuel Paty” said Emmanuel Macron (screenshot).

At around 8 p.m., Samuel Paty’s coffin left the courtyard of the Sorbonne, followed by his family and Emmanuel Macron, to the sound of Mozart’s 3rd symphony played by the orchestra of the Republican Guard.

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This ceremony follows a series of tributes made Tuesday, in particular during a white march in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine or a minute of silence by deputies in front of the National Assembly.



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