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Samuel Paty beheading: Teacher's slaying spurs protests across France
An 18-year-old man of Chechen origin has been identified as the suspect in Friday's beheading of a schoolteacher in a suburb of Paris, a French judicial source told CNN Saturday.Demonstrators took to the streets of French locales Sunday lauding free speech and decrying violence against educators after the slaying of a teacher who used caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad during a lesson.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reacted to the front page of "Charlie Hebdo" on which he appears.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticized a cartoon of him on Wednesday published by the French satirical weekly "Charlie Hebdo", calling it a "despicable attack" by "Rascals". "I did not watch this cartoon (…) It is useless to say anything about these scoundrels," Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara. "My anger is not due to the despicable attack on my person, but to the insults against the prophet 'Muhammad", he added. "We know that the target is not me, but our values ", continued the Turkish president.
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" Charlie Hebdo "published Tuesday evening on the social networks the one of its last number, on which is spread a caricature of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in underwear, beer in hand, who lifts the dress of a veiled woman, exclaiming: “Ouuuh! The prophet!”
Video: A caricature of Erdogan on one of Charlie Hebdo provokes the fury of Ankara (France 24)
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This unflattering portrayal of the Turkish leader sparked the ire of the Turkish government, which denounced "cultural racism" and promised to take reaction "judicial and diplomatic" measures. The Ankara prosecutor's office has also announced the opening of an investigation against officials of "Charlie Hebdo" for "insulting the head of state".
France pulled its ambassador from Turkey, and Arab states are boycotting French products, after Macron said he wanted to regulate Islam
President Macron is introducing a new law in December that would give France powers to monitor and regulate mosques and Muslim communities.Samuel Paty, 47, was decapitated in northwestern Paris on October 16 after showing his class inflammatory cartoons that mocked the Prophet Muhammad. His killer, who has been identified as Chechen refugee Abdoulakh Anzorov, was shot dead by police at the scene. On Wednesday, French prosecutors charged seven people with participating in a terror attack.
These new tensions occur in a context of diplomatic crisis between Turkey and France, two NATO member countries with turbulent relations. On Monday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on his fellow citizens to boycott French products, a few days after Paris recalled its ambassador to Ankara after the Turkish head of state questioned the "mental health" of his French counterpart.
Turkey accuses French President Emmanuel Macron of having expressed support for the freedom to caricature the Prophet Mohammed, during a tribute to a French teacher killed by beheading for showing caricatures of him in class. "Charlie Hebdo" originally published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2006 - like other European newspapers - in defense of press freedom after their publication by a Danish daily angered many Muslims. The weekly was the victim in 2015 of a jihadist attack which left 12 dead, including journalists and cartoonists from the newspaper.
Amidst a second COVID-19 lockdown, Macron is facing mounting international backlash and a boycott of French goods over his comments about Islam .
French Muslims and anti-racism activists worried about a rise in hate crimes as a result of diplomatic tensions and new Charlie Hebdo row. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. After French school teacher Samuel Paty was decapitated by a Chechen Islamic extremist in France days after Paty showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that Islam was "in crisis" and that he would fight "Islamist separatism" in France, prompting international outcry.