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SAMUEL PATY WAS “RESPECTFUL”, BELIEVES THE RECTOR OF THE LYON MOSQUE

Samuel Paty “did his job” and was “respectful,” said the rector of the Lyon mosque Kamel Kabtane, also president of the Rhône Mosque Council, in a telephone interview with AFP.

“He had the right to raise the intellectual level on tolerance and freedom of expression. He was respectful and he even suggested to students who might feel shocked to come out. He wanted to speak without offending, without hurting.” , insists Mr. Kabtane. “In France, freedom of expression exists and it must exist”, adds the rector, for whom the perpetrator (s) have proven by their acts that they are “not religious”.

“We manipulated the teaching of this professor to make something that deserves death, continues the religious official. This situation tends to worsen. People only speak to each other through social networks, by invectives,” regrets the rector, saying henceforth to fear for his co-religionists.

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