Paris residents shared their reactions on Friday after the French satirical journal Charlie Hebdo exhibited the decapitated heads of professions representing the French state, such as firefighters and nurses, under the headline, 'Who's next?'
«I am for blasphemy so it suits me very well. I think it's important, given that humour is characteristic of man, that we continue to laugh, whatever the cost may be, said Frederic, in the French capital.
«At first it was the firefighters, years ago, during their interventions (2005 Paris riots) but nobody knew it. Then it was the nurses, then the teachers, but the latter were silent. There today their word is released because a professor lost his head. There was also the police but that has been known for years but it has worsened. So we toured all the institutions that hindered or could hinder, explained Franck, another local resident.
The journal's front page follows the beheading of secondary school teacher Samuel Paty on Friday by an 18-year-old attacker, who was subsequently shot dead by police.
Paty was beheaded near the school where he taught in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine after showing his students a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad during a class on freedom of expression given a few days before.