Paris Suburbs Teacher: Third of Pupils Think Criticising Islam 'Not Normal', Question Value of Free Expression

Paris Suburbs Teacher: Third of Pupils Think Criticising Islam 'Not Normal', Question Value of Free Expression


In the aftermath of the Islamist murder of Samuel Paty, a teacher in the Paris no-go suburbs has claimed up to one-third of her pupils openly question freedom of expression and say it is “not normal” to criticise Islam.

The teacher said that after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks there was a feeling of unity among the pupils. But after the recent murder of Samuel Paty, who was beheaded on the street last month after showing his class Mohammed cartoons published by the satirical magazine during a lesson of freedom of expression, the general attitude was much different.

“After the attack on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, there was spontaneously a form of national unity. Of course, we heard phrases like: ‘They asked for it.’ We heard pupils say that, but it was very rare,” she told Ouest France.

Following the murder of Paty, who was killed by an Islamist

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