French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to beheaded teacher Samuel Paty this Wednesday vowing he “will not give up fighting for freedom”. Samuel Paty was beheaded by a teen extremist for showing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad to his pupils during a class about freedom of expression.
Paty’s killer, Abdullakh Anzorov 18 years was shot dead by police. He was a Chechen refugee who was living in France with his family for 12 years.
Recently, Emmanuel Macron called on his Russian counterpart Vladmir Putin to up effort together with France in fight against terrorism, as Samuel’s killer Abdullakh Anzorov was Russian native.
Despite distancing from the act of terrorism by Anzorov, whom they say left Russia when he was only six years old; committed to working together with France to help fighting terrorism.
Macron stated well that this attack is from Islamic extremists, that they killed Paty for teaching his pupils “how to become citizens”.
He declared him a hero and said: "He was killed precisely because he incarnated the Republic, he was killed because the Islamists want our future. They know that with quiet heroes like him, they will never have it."
Over 400 guests attended the tribute including around 100 students from schools in the Ile-de-France region and many political figures.
In different places elsewhere in France tributes and gatherings in memory of Samuel Paty have taken place notably in “Occitania, where cartoons by Charlie Hebdo vilifying religions were projected on the facades of official buildings in Toulouse and Montpellier” according to the BBC.