The portrait of Samuel Paty during a demonstration in Paris, Place de la République, October 18, 2020. -


Despite the re-containment, the school maintains the tribute to Samuel Paty scheduled for November 2 from 10 a.m. in all establishments, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer confirmed on France 2 on Thursday.

Wednesday evening, Emmanuel Macron announced that nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools would remain open during the new period of confinement, scheduled to last at least four weeks.

Asked Thursday whether or not to maintain the tribute scheduled for Monday in schools for the beheaded teacher, Jean-Michel Blanquer replied: "Yes, we do not want to give up such a tribute".

"We are going to respect the sanitary rules" and "no doubt to modify a little what we had planned", he assured.

A minute of silence everywhere in France

"The decisions will be clarified this evening," added the minister, who is due to participate in a press conference at the end of the day around Prime Minister Jean Castex.

The ministry has for the moment announced that the return of Monday would be postponed to 10h00 for all the pupils, before a tribute in several stages: a "pedagogical sequence" in the classes, the reading of "the letter to the teachers" of Jean Jaurès and a "minute of silence".

"There will be a minute of silence around 11:15," said Jean-Michel Blanquer, specifying that its terms could "change from one establishment to another", depending on their size or the configuration of the playgrounds.

"Sometimes it will be in class, sometimes in the courtyard (…) I will write to the principals at the end of the day," he said.


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