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Homage to Samuel Paty: Darmanin asks the prefects for “total vigilance” – A year ago, Samuel Paty was assassinated


A year after the tragedy, France is preparing to honor the memory of Samuel Paty, whose the assassination, October 16, 2020, caused a wave of deep emotion across the country. Many schools, his teaching colleagues and Emmanuel Macron will pay tribute to him from Friday.

Two days before the commemorations, Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior, demanded the greatest vigilance from the prefects, in a telegram sent Tuesday, October 12, according to information fromEurope 1.

“High level of vigilance”

“Vigilance must be total. It is advisable to prevent any act which could be committed in echo of this attack and these commemorations ”, writes Gérald Darmanin, who asks all the actors to have a“ high level of vigilance in and around schools ”.

In this letter, the minister calls on the prefects to increase the means to detect a possible terrorist threat, in particular on social networks, alert the intelligence services to quickly raise any clue and put in place measures to secure schools.

October 16, 2020, Samuel Paty, 47, was beheaded in a street near his college du Bois d’Aulne in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines), by a young Chechen refugee who reproached him for showing caricatures of Muhammad to his students.