How did we get there? How could what seems to be – according to the first elements of the investigation – a dispute over the content of a school education lead to a murder of such savagery that the victim was beheaded? Faced with Islamist terrorism, there is always a great temptation to consider that it is the solitary misguidance of a mind infected by digital indoctrination. In the case of the assassination of the teacher of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, it is clear that there is continuity between the cabal launched by a parent of a student on the Internet and the act of the killer. Religious fanaticism is expressed in different ways, but it leads to the worst.

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Our hearts go out to the victim and his family. They go to all teachers who are on the front line in the face of social disruption and faced with growing disrespect on the part of students but also parents of students. Our hearts go out to the students of the murdered teacher, facing the horror of evil at an age when they barely discover the world. Our hearts go out to Muslims who want to live their faith in peace and respect for others and who suffer the opprobrium because of this terror exercised in the name of Islam.

We must resist. Resist the enemy of fanaticism, isolate – separate – those who indulge in it from the rest of society. Also resist ourselves, the temptation that may be ours to respond to violence with violence, to fight hatred with hatred. This would be the victory of the terrorists, and that is precisely what they are looking for: to start a civil war. We must oppose the social cohesion of a nation of citizens to the barbarism that seeks to drag us into the abyss.


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