July 1, 2022

The plaque in Square Samuel-Paty was degraded in Paris, two months after its inauguration

According to the mayor of the 5th arrondissement of Paris, Florence Berthout, “the reference to the ‘Islamist’ character of the terrorist act committed against Samuel Paty” has been “bombarded”.

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The plaque in Square Samuel-Paty located in Paris, opposite the Sorbonne, was degraded with the scratching of the word “Islamist” in the mention “victim of Islamist terrorism”, two months after its inauguration in homage to the murdered professor. “The reference to the ‘Islamist’ character of the terrorist act committed against Samuel Paty” has been “bomb blasted”, indicated Tuesday the mayor (DVD) of the 5th arrondissement Florence Berthout, denouncing a “unacceptable degradation”.

On Monday, Nicolas Gavrilenko, treasurer of the Union of Lay Families (Ufal), reported the plaque “vandalized”, an act that according to him signs “the willful blindness of some”. “It is indeed the Islamist terrorism of which Samuel Paty was a victim”, he added. “Wanting to suppress the Islamist character of this heinous act is unbearable”, added Florence Berthout, who indicates to have lodged a complaint. City services restored the plaque on Tuesday, she said.

The square was inaugurated on October 16, one year to the day after the attack which cost the teacher the life, and in the presence in particular of his family, the mayor PS Anne Hidalgo and the ministers of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer and Higher Education Frédérique Vidal. The beheading of Samuel Paty, 47, on October 16, 2020 near his college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) by Abdoullakh Anzorov, a young radicalized who accused him of having shown caricatures of Muhammad to his students, had aroused considerable emotion.