France: 'Let us preach love' — Muslim community decries killing of teacher

As mourners gathered in Place de la Republique in the French capital on Sunday, members of the Muslim community reacted to the killing of Samuel Paty, a teacher that was beheaded on Friday. «Let us learn the lessons of the past, let us disarm religions, let us preach love, brotherhood and stop war. Only peace with respect for the humanities will ensure that the world of tomorrow will not be the one from yesterday's war fields,» said Essaid, a local. «Too bad that France has made the mistake since the 90s of giving papers (residence permits) to these people who are fundamentalists who came to France,» lamented Hayete, another mourner. «We came, it is up to us to integrate and not to lay down the law in the name of Islam to kill each other, or kill Christians or kill other religions. No sir, we are Muslims, we practice our religion but we are not fundamentalists,» she added. On Friday, 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. The teacher had recently shown caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad to his students during a discussion on freedom of speech.
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