VIDEO. “It was a ray of sunshine”: three relatives of Samuel Paty share their memories of the teacher



All three have worked closely with Samuel Paty and want to share memories that have marked them. At the end of the 90s, Christophe Capuano met Samuel Paty on the benches of the University of Lyon (Rhône). Very quickly, they become friends. For him, Samuel Paty was “a teacher who did his job well but did it with a lot of professionalism“.”When I saw the photo of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine with this scarf, I said to myself: there you have it, it’s a photo that represents the teacher he was, his hands open, in dialogue, in discussion, in transmission with his students“, he recalls.

After his first years in the profession, Samuel Paty arrived in a college in Seine-et-Marne in 2011. For six years, he worked daily with Julie Philippeau, education assistant. If she had to define Samuel Paty in one sentence: “Always in a good mood“.”I never saw Samuel Paty behave, be angry. […] It was a ray of sunshine“, she confides. Mayron Donjon was a student of Samuel Paty in 2017, when he was in 3rd. Already at the time, the teacher invited his students to reflect on the notion of freedom of expression: “He helped us to form our own opinion, to debate“.

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