Is nothing sacred? Since the 19th century, France has sent public schoolteachers to the four corners of the country with a mission to embody the values of the republic. To behead a social science teacher over Charlie Hebdo comics by the Prophet in the carefully controlled context of a bourgeois class on secularism and free speech defies the ground.
We ask about the 18-year-old Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police after committing the murder last Friday near the gates of the school in the Paris suburbs, the disgruntled father of a 13-year-old who publicly called for the victim’s firing on social media and the radical thinker accused of blowing the flames of discontent.
We also ask about the reaction of political leaders who, five years after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, still have much to do to make the fight against radicalism more inclusive and effective. What should I do when hate speech is too often unfiltered and critical thinking too often under attack?
Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.