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Beheaded teacher Paty will get France's highest honour: Minister

Beheaded teacher Paty will get France's highest honour: Minister

A person holds a picture of Samuel Paty, the French teacher who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans St Honorine, during a tribute at the Place de la Republique, in Lille, France, Oct 18, 2020. (REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES)

PARIS: Samuel Paty, the 47-year old history teacher beheaded by a suspected extremist last week, will posthumously get France's highest award, the "Legion d'Honneur", education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told BFM TV on Tuesday (Oct 20).

Paty was murdered on Friday in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Police shot the attacker dead.

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The teenager sought to avenge his victim's use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous.

The murder shocked France, and carried echoes of the attack five years ago on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Public figures called the killing an attack on the Republic and on French values.

READ: 'Teaching yes, bleeding no': France pays tribute to beheaded teacher

A national ceremony in honour of Paty will be held at Paris' Sorbonne university on Wednesday.

Source: Reuters/kv

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