After the assassination of history teacher Samuel Paty on Friday in the Yvelines, students and parents gathered in front of the college where he taught on Saturday.

Between emotions, incomprehension and fear for freedom of expression.


In Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in Yvelines, parents and students marched on Saturday afternoon in front of the college where Samuel Paty was teaching to pay tribute to him and express their emotion.

The 47-year-old was beheaded on Friday by an 18-year-old of Chechen descent, in connection with the cartoons of Muhammad he presented to his students during a course on freedom of expression.


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Hundreds of people gathered

On the spot, it is the emotion and the incomprehension.

Hundreds of people gathered throughout the afternoon and a flower bed gradually spread outside the college.

The faces were serious and the eyes were dark circles.

The night was short for many parents.

"We can not believe it," told Europe 1 a mother whose daughter was in Samuel Paty's class.


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After the misunderstanding, the question of freedom of expression now arises.

This is the challenge for the weeks to come, according to Lionel, also a history professor.

“There was one before October 16 and there will be one after October 16. There is the fear of self-censorship. But when your kid says 'daddy you'll be careful what you say'…”, he says, before recalling that freedom of expression is in the history programs.

On Saturday night, the crowd lit candles before dispersing.

Words and letters were left with the missing professor.