French MPs Hold Moment of Silence to Honor Slain Teacher

French members of Parliament stood together on the steps of the National Assembly on Tuesday, October 20, for a moment of silence to honor Samuel Paty, the teacher who was murdered on October 16.

Paty was beheaded in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a commune northwest of Paris, on Friday. Police said officers shot and killed the suspected killer, an 18-year-old Chechen refugee. Police officials said Paty was beheaded after discussing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression..

MP Thierry Michels posted this video showing the moment of silence. He wrote (translated using Google Translate): “A moving ceremony, borrowing solemnity in memory of this professor, incarnation of the values ​​of our Republic. The Nation and its representatives are united in the face of barbarism and will oppose those who want to silence us.” Credit: Thierry Michels via Storyful