The French government will dedicate this Saturday to the commemoration of the first anniversary of the assassination of history professor Samuel Paty, who died on October 16, 2020 by a young Islamist of Chechen origin in an incident that raised the threat of jihadist terrorism in the country.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex will meet with the family of the deceased, the Ministry of Education will unveil a plaque and the Paris City Council will inaugurate a place in his name by the end of the afternoon.
Paty was the target of her murderer after teaching caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in one of his courses, the graphic representation of which is forbidden by Islam. His killer was shot dead by the police. The investigation continues.
More memorial services are also expected in the Paris quarter where Paty was murdered, with the unveiling of a mural in her memory; as well as in his old homeland, where a statue of the professor is presented to society.
The rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, Chems Eddine Hafiz, transferred the “solidarity” of Muslims to France last Friday, on the eve of the anniversary.
“The community is extremely affected by the situation,” he told BFMTV, before showing his “solidarity” with the French teachers and Paty’s family.
“This commemoration is important because we, as French citizens of the Muslim faith, are living a double sentence,” he complained, emphasizing that it is “extremely difficult” for Muslims in France to remember that “a barbarian calls a man in the name of the Koran.
“The Koran texts have been tainted in the name of a deadly ideology,” he added. Hafiz is one of the prominent members of the French Muslim community who attended one of the first honors for Paty at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine College, where the teacher taught.
The assassination of the 47-year-old professor shocked France, where more than 250 people have been killed in attacks by extremist Islamists in recent years.