“heinous murder”, “despicable”, “we will not let go” … Reactions in Charente-Maritime


“Heinous act”. “Barbarity”. The beheading of a teacher in Yvelines on Friday for showing the cartoons of Mohammed to his students aroused deep and painful emotion. In Charente-Maritime, calls for gatherings have been launched to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, defend secularism and freedom of expression. Elected officials and citizens were quick to react.

The elected

Jean-François Fountaine (Mayor of La Rochelle)

In a press release this Sunday, the La Rochelle City Council “invites the Rochelaises and Rochelais to express their indignation after the heinous murder of a teacher, killed for exercising his profession.”

The City of La Rochelle affirms its total solidarity with the teaching community and reiterates its determination to defend freedom of expression, the values ​​of the Republic and secularism. “

A rally is scheduled for Monday, at 6 p.m., Place de Verdun. The flags of the buildings will be half mast. The mayor recalls the need to respect the wearing of a mask, physical distancing and barrier gestures.

Dominique Bussereau (President of the Departmental Council)

Olivier Falorni (deputy for Charente-Maritime)

Mickaël Vallet (senator from Charente-Maritime)

Bruno Drapron (mayor of Saintes)

Trade unions

FSU 17 and CGT 17 were quick to denounce a “heinous assassination” before calling for a rally in La Rochelle and Rochefort on Saturday.

Reaction also this Sunday on the side of the FO Federation of education, culture and vocational training in Charente-Maritime:

FNEC FP-FO 17 learned with horror the crime that cost the life of a teacher at Bois d’Aulne College in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. She condemns this heinous act and offers her sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues […]She asked that personnel be protected in actions and not just in speeches. “

The FO Departmental Union:

“The office of UD FO 17 condemns this heinous act. Intolerance, obscurantism, barbarism feed on the ignorance that teachers fight with public and secular education. Murder a professor, attack any public official, journalist, cartoonist – able to live in freedom – is unbearable […] The office of the Departmental Union FO 17 invites its members to participate in the various gatherings organized in Charente Maritime and on this occasion express their commitment to public, secular education, the unfailing defense of teachers and national education personnel.

>> To read also: Decapitated professor: gatherings this Sunday in the South-West and everywhere in France

The University of La Rochelle

“Killed for exercising his profession”

A citizen of Tonnay-Charente, Florence Jadot, who claims to be a “citizen of the world” took the initiative of the Rochefort rally to express her anger after the beheading, “a despicable and revolting act”.

“This teacher was killed for having exercised his profession, in EMC course, moral and civic education, intended to exchange and debate in order to awaken the critical spirit of the students: he exhibited in this context the caricatures of Mohammed, course he had been doing for years, respecting each other’s beliefs and secularism “.

In her eyes, “it is the entire educational community, personal but also families and students, which is deeply affected and bereaved, and beyond the whole of society.”

“The cowardly and abject murder of a teacher also undermines fundamental principles of the Republic such as freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, secularism. We will not give up on the need to bring everywhere, for all , the instruction, the reason, the reflection and all that makes it possible to build the autonomy of judgment “.

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