In Paris, a square will bear the name of Samuel Paty opposite La Sorbonne

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The Paul-Painlevé square, in Paris, in April 2011.

TRIBUTE – It was an expected decision. The mayor of the 5th arrondissement of Paris, Florence Berthout, announced this Wednesday, September 29 on Twitter that the square located opposite the Sorbonne would bear the name of Samuel Paty, the teacher who had been beheaded in October 2020 after showing caricatures of Muhammad to his students. A very symbolic place.

According to our colleagues from World, which reveal the information, this project must still receive the approval of the Paris city council, which will be held from October 12 to 15. The choice has in any case already been approved by the council of the 5th arrondissement and validated by the parents of the history-geography teacher.

“This garden evokes education, culture, tolerance and the school of the Republic of which Samuel Paty was the honor”, ​​we can read in the draft deliberation.

Also according to Le Monde, this 750 m² square is located rue des Ecoles, in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, and currently bears the name of the mathematician and politician Paul Painlevé.

But if the square will be renamed with the name of Samuel Paty, the square will keep the name of Paul Painlevé. “It is not a question of debunking the smallest statue”, adds Florence Berthout to our colleagues.

The project to name a street or a Parisian place in the name of Samuel Paty had given rise to slight upheavals in November 2020 in the Paris Council. As recalled The world, the environmental group had voted for this project, stressing, however, that the regulations normally provided that it could only take place five years after the death of the person concerned.

“The assassination of Samuel Paty was a shock for the whole country, we should all be unanimous on this and we were not”, then regretted Anne Hidalgo to our colleagues from BFMTV.

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