“I think about what happened to Samuel Paty”: the names of two professors accused of Islamophobia plastered at the entrance of the IEP of Grenoble

The names of two professors, accused of Islamophobia, were plastered on the walls of the entrance to the Institute for Political Studies (IEP) in Grenoble, France Bleu Isère reports on Saturday March 6. The public prosecutor opened an investigation.

The two teachers at Sciences Po Grenoble are accused of Islamophobia by the Union Syndicale de l’IEP de Grenoble, a union resulting from the split with the UNEF. They discovered Thursday, March 4 that their names were plastered in front of the school entrance, with these words: “Fascists in our lecture halls. Klaus Kinzler and Vincent T. Resignation. Islamophobia kills.” These postings were withdrawn immediately but photos circulated on social networks, notably taken up by UNEF.

“It was the last straw that broke the camel’s back” rebels one of the two professors Karl Kinzler, associate German and who has been teaching German civilization and language for 25 years at the IEP in Grenoble. According to him, the accusations of Islamophobia against him started last December, after a course during which he said he was opposed to comparing Islamophobia to racism and anti-Semitism. France Bleu Isère was able to consult the exchanges of emails which followed, without finding any discriminatory remarks.

Vincent T, the other professor who now teaches at a distance, did not wish to speak. On the other hand, Klaus Kinzler, him, denounces what he considers to be a certain intellectual terrorism: “There are still one or two years, we could discuss. Me, I am rather liberal. We did not agree but it did not go further. Today, freedom of expression does not exist more at Sciences Po. When you say a word that you don’t like, you intimidate you, or even launch a cabal against you. Debating Islam has become impossible. The atmosphere is deleterious “, he explains.

Klaus Kinzler says he has not yet filed a complaint. The teacher is currently on sick leave, following what he considers to be threats that could affect his safety. The school administration informed France Bleu Isère that it qualified these attacks “abject and unacceptable, that she firmly condemned them. “ The rectorate has been notified and Monday March 8, a crisis meeting between professors will take place at Sciences Po Grenoble.

After the report of the management of the IEP, the public prosecutor of Grenoble opened an investigation for public insult against a private individual, an offense punishable by a fine of 12,000 euros and for damage to property by inscription, sign or drawing, offense punishable by a fine of 15,000 euros. The investigation was entrusted to the Grenoble police.

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