Many students, parents, residents, but also colleagues of Samuel Paty gathered on Saturday in front of the college in Bois d'Aulne.

The day before, this history and geography professor teaching in the establishment located in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine was savagely killed and beheaded.


The crowd is downcast, heads bowed.

Only muffled voices emerge, like whispers.

Among the many people present this Saturday, in front of the college of Bois d'Aulne, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in Yvelines, colleagues of Professor Samuel Paty, brutally murdered the day before.

Students, too, who mourn their missing history and geography teacher. 

"His lessons were impactful"

"I remember a teacher whose lessons were not just interesting, they were impactful," says Jean-Philippe, who was in Professor Paty's class last year.

He had remained very attached to his favorite teaching.

"He taught us much more than history, he also taught us to give it meaning," continues the young man.

"I don't understand. Yesterday I wanted to visit him, but unfortunately I arrived too late."

The 47-year-old teacher was beheaded on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, and his alleged attacker killed by the police, in the neighboring town of Eragny, in Val-d'Oise.

According to a police source, the victim recently showed his students caricatures of Muhammad during a course on freedom of expression. 


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"We are in a mad world"

Some still do not realize and do not manage to explain such a drama.

Sabrina, a parent of a student who came to leave a rose at the door of the establishment with her son, is "shocked to see this college on TV".

Her son "is anxious to resume, he has been shocked since last night," she continues.

"For a week it has been looping in the college, there was a controversy, he told me 'it's going to end badly', there have been complaints, it has been under tension for a week."

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Residents of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine also joined the tribute.

Homage to a teacher, a citizen, a neighbor.

"It touches me a lot because it shouldn't happen," says Gisèle, very moved.

"We're in a crazy world. We've been living here for years and we've never known this. Never."

In front of the college, arrivals are continuous.

Many people want to spend the afternoon in front of the establishment.

Others even enter, in order to take advantage of the psychological unit set up on Saturday morning.