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Hero of the Republic: France honours murdered schoolteacher


His name was Samuel Paty. In the courtyard of the Sorbonne University in the heart of Paris's Latin Quarter, French President Emmanuel Macron is leading a national tribute to the teacher who was beheaded near the gates of his middle school last Friday for giving a civics class on free speech that included Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the prophet. The attack of five years ago on the satirical newspaper was an assault on the values of free speech. Now it's the Republic itself that's been targeted. 


Teaching is more than a job, it's a vocation. The classroom is the agora that brings together future citizens. We follow the ceremony live and react to the latest on the case, including the shutting down of a mosque northeast of Paris that published a Facebook call to have Paty sacked based on hearsay and overzealous religious dogma. So how do we talk about religion and radicalism in school and defend the sanctity of the teacher-student relation?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.

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