Sport Homage to Samuel Paty. Here is Albert Camus' letter to his teacher which will be read this evening
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PARIS (AP) — Demonstrations around France have been called in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police. Political leaders, associations and unions will demonstrate Sunday afternoon in Paris and in other major cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux. © Provided by Associated Press Residents gather outside the school where a slain history teacher was working, Saturday, Oct.
What better homage to the murdered professor than the reading, by schoolchildren, of Albert Camus's letter to his teacher, written in 1957 after he had just received the Nobel Prize for Literature? The ceremony, this Wednesday at the end of the day, in the courtyard of the Sorbonne, will be addressed to Samuel Paty as well as to all the teachers. A strong symbol.
"Without you, without this loving hand that you extended to the poor little child that I was, without your teaching, and your example, none of this would have happened ..."
Assassination of Samuel Paty. At the trial of the January 2015 attacks, a tribute paid to Professor
© CHARLES PLATIAU / REUTERS A sign "Je suis Samuel" held up on the Place de la République, in Paris, Sunday, October 18, 2020. At the trial of the January 2015 attacks , a tribute was paid, Monday, October 19, to Samuel Paty, professor assassinated in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer said Charlie Hebdo was “right” to show the Muhammad cartoons to his students.
Imagine. You have just been named the Nobel Prize for Literature. And your first step is to write a text. Not a book, no, a short text - a letter. That you address to your first teacher. This is what Albert Camus did, on November 19, 1957, a few days after receiving the prestigious award for his body of work, from “The Stranger” (1942) to “The Fall” (1956), through “The Plague” (1947). Camus paid tribute to Louis Germain, with whom, from 1918 to 1923, he prepared in Algiers the competition for scholarships for colleges and high schools.
This simple, but strong text, this surge of gratitude, will be read by schoolchildren duringthis Wednesday, October 21 in the courtyard of the Sorbonne, in Paris.
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The four are suspected of helping Samuel Paty's killer identify him in exchange for cash, Agence France-Presse reported.Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old history teacher, was killed near his school in the northwestern Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday afternoon. Witnesses said the attacker shouted "Allahu akbar," or "God is the greatest," as he attacked Paty with a kitchen knife.
The history-geography teacher,, had already received posthumous thanks from many of his students. Camus's letter seems to have been written for him. Here it is in its entirety.
"Dear Mr. Germain,
I let the noise that has surrounded me all these days die down a bit before coming to speak to you with all my heart. I have just been given too great an honor, which I neither sought nor requested. But when I heard the news, my first thought after my mom was on you. Without you, without this loving hand that you extended to the poor little child that I was, without your teaching and your example, none of this would have happened. I don't make a world of that sort of honor for myself, but this one is at least an opportunity to tell you what you have been, and still are to me, and to make sure that your efforts, your work and your The generous heart that you put into it are still alive in one of your little schoolchildren who, despite their age, has never ceased to be your grateful pupil.
I embrace you, with all my strength.
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