Blanquer denies that Samuel Paty was threatened with a sanction


The minister denied messages posted on social networks suggesting that the academy was preparing to “sanction” the teacher for showing caricatures of Muhammad in progress.

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer denied on Sunday that the teacher from Yvelines beheaded on Friday was threatened with sanction or remonstrance for showing caricatures of Muhammad to his students, as some internet users have suggested.

The “full support” of the institution

Since Friday, messages suggesting that the academy was preparing to “sanction” the teacher swarmed on social networks.

“This information is false”, hammered the minister questioned by France Inter, France 2 and Le Monde.

“At no time was it said, or even implied, or thought that the institution was going to crack down” against the professor, Samuel Paty, also declared the rectorate of Versailles in a statement Sunday. “The institution has always been in full support,” he added.

Fake news et instrumentalisation

Samuel Paty was the target of violent criticism from a father of a student and an Islamist activist known to the police, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, who accused him, in videos posted on social networks, of having shown the caricatures of Muhammad to his 4th year students, as part of a course on freedom of expression.

“These videos state false information and instrumentalize the facts from a perspective that went beyond the sequence of the course,” pointed out the rectorate.

“The principal, who was impeccable from start to finish, seeing that there was an incident of this nature, called the Values ​​of the Republic teams (the secularity referents of National Education, editor’s note)”, a recalled for his part Jean-Michel Blanquer.


The teacher “said that those who are shocked close their eyes or leave the class. This point has given rise to a misunderstanding because it could have been experienced as discrimination,” he said.

An “exchange” had taken place between the student’s father and the academic inspectorate in order to “explain the teacher’s approach for the sake of appeasement”, according to the rectorate.

“We can always regret such and such a thing, all is not perfect (but) the support was effective”, underlined the Minister of National Education, adding that he was going “to ask the general inspectorate of establish the entire chain of events “.

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