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France: Macron honours murdered teacher at memorial ceremony in Paris01:49

France: Macron honours murdered teacher at memorial ceremony in Paris

France, Paris
October 21, 2020 at 18:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

French President Emmanuel Macron honoured murdered teacher Samuel Paty during a memorial service at Sorbonne in Paris on Wednesday evening.

"Samuel Paty loved books and knowledge more than anything. His apartment was a library, his best presents were learning books," said Macron during his speech.

The French president spoke of a teacher figure "who changed our life purpose," saying Paty was one of those teachers.

Paty was posthumously awarded France's highest order of merit, the 'Legion d'Honneur.'

On Friday, the 47-year-old history teacher was beheaded outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris by an 18 year-old attacker who was subsequently shot dead by police.

Paty had previously shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his students during a discussion on freedom of speech in class.

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French President Emmanuel Macron honoured murdered teacher Samuel Paty during a memorial service at Sorbonne in Paris on Wednesday evening.

"Samuel Paty loved books and knowledge more than anything. His apartment was a library, his best presents were learning books," said Macron during his speech.

The French president spoke of a teacher figure "who changed our life purpose," saying Paty was one of those teachers.

Paty was posthumously awarded France's highest order of merit, the 'Legion d'Honneur.'

On Friday, the 47-year-old history teacher was beheaded outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris by an 18 year-old attacker who was subsequently shot dead by police.

Paty had previously shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his students during a discussion on freedom of speech in class.

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