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Canada Assassination of Samuel Paty: in Nantes, the dismay of young Muslims in the face of tensions

11:10  26 october  2020
11:10  26 october  2020 Source:   europe1.fr

Nantes. A welcoming committee for the elected representatives of the metropolitan council

 Nantes. A welcoming committee for the elected representatives of the metropolitan council © Ouest-France About 70 activists from Extinction Rebellion and l'Autre Cantine await the elected representatives of the metropolitan council Several symbolic actions are taking place this Friday, October 16 in front of the city congresses where the metropolitan council is held. On the menu of this first metropolitan re-entry council in Nantes, the new local intercommunal advertising regulations, a document planning the management of advertising within the metropolis.

France has condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over comments he made about Emmanuel Macron's mental health and treatment of Muslims .

The murder of Samuel Paty , a French middle-school teacher, took place on 16 October 2020 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb of Paris.

L'attentat perpétré par un Tchétchène de 18 ans à Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, il y a dix jours, a plongé de nombreux Français de confession musulmane dans le malaise. Certains d'entre eux, rencontrés par Europe 1 à Nantes, expriment leurs craintes de voir cet événement semer le poison de la division. © JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD / AFP The attack perpetrated by an 18-year-old Chechen in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, ten days ago, has plunged many French people of Muslim faith into unease. Some of them, met by Europe 1 in Nantes, express their fears of seeing this event sow the poison of division.

Ten days after the beheading of Samuel Paty, professor of history and geography in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, by an 18-year-old Chechen , the Muslim community suffers from being "pointed out as if it were everything entirely responsible for the barbarity of a mindless ". In many neighborhoods in France, we can feel the leaven of division and the painful search for scapegoats. In Nantes, some suffering young people are trying to call for unity to "make a nation". Europe 1 went there.

Decapitated teacher: demonstration "against hatred", Place de la République on Sunday

 Decapitated teacher: demonstration © Copyright 2020, L'Obs After fear, support for the educational community. Several associations and unions, as well as the newspaper "Charlie Hebdo", call for a united demonstration, Sunday October 18, in memory of Samuel Paty , professor of history assassinated and beheaded , Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, for having debated in class freedom of expression and the cartoons of Muhammad. The Snes-FSU union, the majority among secondary school teachers, has announced rallies in many towns.

image captionMr Macron has hailed Samuel Paty , who was beheaded for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, as " the face of the Republic". France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insulted his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

Samuel Paty was murdered after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class. Thousands have attended rallies across France in honour of Samuel Paty , the teacher Thousands of people also gathered in Place Bellecour in Lyon to pay their respects, with another large turnout in Nantes .

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As after every Islamist attack, the unease is palpable in the district of Bottière. Here, many feel singled out, as if the entire Muslim community was guilty of the beheading of Samuel Paty. "Why accuse all Muslims when it was ONE Muslim who did this?" Asks Hamza, 16. “Sometimes I don't feel very French because of the looks. We have to communicate to live together. Otherwise, there is no unity, we do not move forward and we are stuck in these periods of great tension. "

"Let us continue to fight together"

Others try to warn against the trap of division. Some are doing everything to add fuel to the fire, fulminates Adama, of Mauritanian origin and "worried by all this atmosphere": "We can see that it separates. What is negative is when people have a certain hatred. These people who do these barbaric acts, it suits them although there is a kind of civil war. That may be their goal. "

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"As French people, in these moments, we must be united", continues Adama. "We are above all French citizens. We are there for the country. We are here to move things forward. Let’s continue to unite, to fight together. It’s important to come together around the homeland. We are all of the same country! " In the Breil district, a disillusioned young girl asks herself the question: "Will we really be French like the others one day? I no longer believe it, no."

Erdogan and Macron: Escalation in the "war of words" over the Mohammed caricatures .
The Turkish President is deliberately heating up the cartoon dispute with Paris. But the conflict is not inconvenient for France's head of state either. An analysis. © Photo: dpa A child holds a photo of French President Emmanuel Macron with a shoe print in the camera in Istanbul. It is an old political wisdom: When politicians identify the political opponent on the outside, this also offers them an opportunity to divert attention from problems in domestic politics.

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