Computer quack and non-compliance with internal regulations during the vote on a place in tribute to Samuel Paty in Paris

A plaque tribute to Samuel Paty in Villeneuve-Loubet (Alpes-Maritimes). – Frederic DIDES / SIPA

EDIT: This article was modified after the cancellation of AFP dispatch that we edited. Indeed, a computer quack intervened during the vote, bug which had not been indicated previously.

The Paris Council opened on Tuesday with a tribute to Samuel Paty. With speeches by Anne Hidalgo and group presidents but also a minute of silence. Then elected officials voted for a place in the capital to bear the name of the teacher beheaded on October 16. During this vote, a computer quack intervened.

The majority, as well as many elected members of the opposition, voted in favor of the name of a place, determined later in consultation with his family, in homage to the history-geography teacher. But the vote, organized remotely because of health measures related to Covid-19, was marked by a technical incident. Thus, 20 elected from different groups – including several deputies to the mayor of Paris – were counted among the abstainers, according to the minutes of the vote consulted by AFP. One hundred and twenty-two elected officials voted for, and there was no vote against.

A five-year deadline not met

It is necessary “necessarily a name, a place, a place, a denomination in the name of Samuel Paty, we all agree”, underlined Fatoumata Koné, the president of the environmental group, before the vote, but “we regret that the regulation is not respected on the question of denominations ”. This regret aroused the emotion of some right-wing elected officials or associations on social networks, and the anger of Anne Hidalgo.

The elected green had thus recalled that “a deliberation of December 9, 1938 specifies that it is not authorized to name a way in the name of a person who died for less than 5 years”. “This regulation is not respected by any council,” regretted Fatoumata Koné.

“I regret your position and I think that invoking a problem of internal rules, […] faced with an event as major as the beheading of a professor in the context of an Islamist terrorist attack, does not allow us to find each other, ”replied Anne Hidalgo dryly, to the applause of the few elected officials present in the hemicycle. “Everyone takes their responsibilities”, concluded the socialist mayor, regularly in delicacy with the elected ecologists of his majority since his re-election.

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