An investigation was opened in Paris in April for failure to provide assistance after the complaint against the administration of ten members of the family of Samuel Paty, assassinated in October 2020, AFP learned Thursday from a source familiar with the matter.

They had filed a complaint in Paris against the administration, which they consider to be at fault for not having protected the history and geography professor, murdered near his college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines), a year ago. -and half.

"Mistakes were committed both on the side of National Education and on the side of the Ministry of the Interior, without which Samuel Paty could have been saved," said their adviser, Me Virginie Le Roy.

Asked, she did not immediately respond to AFP on Thursday.

The teacher's former companion "considers that Salafist ideology is solely responsible for the death of Samuel Paty and that the State has always supported him and his son", announced Me Francis Szpiner, lawyer for the former companion and son of Samuel Paty.

The complaint targets "several agents of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of National Education"

Long of 80 pages, the complaint of Me Le Roy targeted the offenses of "non-prevention of crime and non-assistance to person in danger" and aimed "several agents of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of National Education “who had to know, directly or indirectly, of the situation of Samuel Paty.

One of the legal issues should be whether these agents could have been aware of the existence of a real, targeted and immediate threat aimed at the professor.


In detail, the complaint recalls the slow process, started with a course on secularism in the college at the beginning of October 2020, which culminated in the assassination on the 16th of the 47-year-old professor by Abdoullakh Anzorov, a Russian refugee of Chechen origin. .

The 18-year-old radicalized young man accused him of having shown caricatures of Muhammad in class and claimed responsibility for his action, congratulating himself on having "avenge the prophet" before being killed by the police.

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