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School tributes before Samuel Paty spark row over France’s core values

French schoolchildren resumed classes on Monday following a last-minute vacation break, with fresh limitations requiring six-year-olds to put on masks.

Invoking France’s cherished rights of expression and secularism, officials remembered the nation’s Enlightenment ago since they urged teachers and students alike to visit the future.

“Samuel Paty educated each child of this Republic to eventually become a free citizen. For him, for our nation, we’ll continue. It’s our hhonorand our obligation,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex composed in a tweet.

At colleges around the nation, pupils listened to readings of this correspondence of Jean Jaures, a 19th-century French thinker, and politician, to teachers urging them to educate the nation’s children to”understand France, its geography and its history, its own body and its spirit.”

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