Place de la République, emotion competes with gloom for the tribute to Samuel Paty

Thousands of people gathered in Paris to honor the memory of the history and geography professor beheaded in an attack. Including many teachers.

An air of deja vu. The demonstration this Sunday recalled in many ways the one that took place there on January 11, 2015, Place de la République, after the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Even need to gather there to denounce the Islamist terror, this time after the attack against a professor of history and geography from Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, beheaded near the college where he taught. Same slogans to defend freedom of expression, such as “France is and will remain the land of the Enlightenment”. Or again: “In some countries we do not speak, but we kill. In France, we talk, we do not kill”. Same posters “Je suis Charlie”, to which are now added the “Je suis prof”.

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