Paris: Square Samuel-Paty inaugurated on October 16 opposite La Sorbonne

The place, located in front of the famous La Sorbonne University, is symbolic. In Paris, a square in the name of Samuel Paty, the teacher beheaded after showing caricatures of Muhammad in class, will be inaugurated opposite the Sorbonne on October 16, one year after his assassination.

“It will be a very simple inauguration, in meditation” in the presence of the parents and sisters of Samuel Paty who gave their agreement to the project, said on Thursday to AFP Laurence Patrice, deputy (PCF) of the mayor PS Anne Hidalgo in charge of memory. According to the elected Communist, the inauguration will conclude the day of commemoration of the assassination of the professor, whose family will be received beforehand by the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer and the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron .

The town hall of the 5th arrondissement unanimously validated the project on Monday “in a symbolic place of culture, education and tolerance”, underlined the mayor (DVD) Florence Berthout. Laurence Patrice thinks that the deliberation “will also be voted unanimously” on the first day of the next Paris Council, Tuesday, October 12, just in time for the inauguration on the anniversary date.

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Located in front of the Hôtel de Cluny, which houses the National Museum of the Middle Ages, and facing the oldest and most famous university in France, the square has so far been named after Paul Painlevé, mathematician and politician from the early twentieth century. century.

The square that gave its name to the square retaining its name Paul-Painlevé, the latter will not be erased from memory, says Laurence Patrice for whom the place, “peaceful”, is “quite suitableé “because of the link “with education, knowledge, the values ​​of our Republic and secularism”.

In the Alpes-Maritimes, a school renamed in the name of Samuel Paty

The beheading of Samuel Paty, 47, on October 16, 2020 near his college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) by Abdoullakh Anzorov, who accused him of having shown caricatures of Muhammad to his students, shocked the country.

A month later, a controversy had erupted between Anne Hidalgo and her environmental allies, the mayor PS judging “shocking” that some elected Greens did not vote for a place in the capital to bear the name of the murdered teacher. The Parisian Greens had actually voted for this deliberation, after stressing that it did not respect the usual practice which is that a period of five years elapses between the death of a person and the fact that his name has a place.

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A nursery school in the small Riviera town of Cap-d’Ail, in the Alpes-Maritimes, was renamed in July after Samuel Paty despite opposition from parents, who feared that the establishment would become a target.

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