‘Liberty, I teach your name’: French papers pay tribute to slain teacher
20 October 2020 | 11:01 am
We look at reactions in the French papers to the brutal beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty. Libération references the famous Occupation-era poem "Liberty" by Paul Éluard with the headline "Liberty, I teach your name". Despite calls for unity, Le Parisien reports that there's already division, with right-wing politicians pushing for a response that goes beyond tributes. Papers are also examining the role played by a radical Islamist who was a known terror threat.
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