Macron: Islamists want our future, they will never have it

France paid tribute on Wednesday to a history teacher beheaded last week by a man angered at his decision to share controversial caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad with his class, AFP reported. President Emmanuel Macron spoke at an official memorial attended by Samuel Paty's family and some 400 guests at the Sorbonne university in Paris.

“We will not give up cartoons,” Macron said. He gave France’s highest civilian award, the Legion of Honour, to Paty and said he had been slain by “cowards” for representing the secular, democratic values of the French Republic. “He was killed because Islamists want our future,” Macron said. “They will never have it.”

Earlier on Wednesday anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said the two teenagers, aged 14 and 15, had been in a group of pupils who shared €300-350 offered by the killer to help find Paty. The two stayed with the killer, Chechnya-born 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov, for more than two hours waiting for Paty even after he told them he wanted to “humiliate and strike” him over the Mohamed caricatures, seen as offensive by many Muslims, Ricard said.

The pair are among seven people authorities have charged over the killing. The parent of one of Paty’s pupils, who started the social media campaign against the teacher even though his daughter was not in class when the cartoons were shown, was also charged with the same offence as the two teenagers, the national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office said late on Wednesday. Also charged was a known Islamist radical who helped the father in his campaign.

Police have carried out dozens of raids since the crime, while the government has ordered the six-month closure of a mosque outside Paris and dissolved the Sheikh Yassin Collective, a group they said supported Hamas.

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