French education minister reacts to teacher beheading
01 November 2020 | 7:00 am
The French Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer reacts after the beheading of a teacher in the Yvelines, reportedly targeted for showing cartoons of Mohammed to his students. Blanquer says that "a teacher is perfectly entitled to show these cartoons".
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