Demonstration at Place de la République: under the cobblestones, the division

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“We are not afraid. You will not divide us, ”Jean Castex said on Sunday… on Twitter. The Prime Minister was nevertheless present in Place de la République in homage to Samuel Paty but like other ministers, such as Jean-Michel Blanquer or Marlène Schiappa, he did not speak. On the platform, it is time for emotion, not politics. The elected officials, who responded to the call of associations and trade unions, blend into the dignified and silent mass. Under the statue of Marianne, the former president (PS) of Ile-de-France Jean-Paul Huchon, is very moved. Mayor of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine from 1994 to 2001, it was he who inaugurated the college of Bois d’Aulne where Samuel Paty worked, assassinated this Friday.

“There have been too many attacks without any real response”

But under the emotion points the anger: “We hope for more severe and solid measures of control of the people who enter the national territory. We were too politically correct for years, ”he says. ” We ” ? “Left, right, everyone! He replies. “I don’t know how long people are going to put up with this,” he whispered in Jérôme Guedj’s ear. The former rebel PS deputy came to make sure that the demonstration would not be a failure. But tired, he admits: “Tired of gatherings of this type.” “

Like an echo to the questions of many right-wing officials who have dried up the tribute. “There have been too many attacks without real retaliation. Too many steps followed by too many setbacks. Too many tributes without courage, ”said Senator LR Bruno Retailleau on Twitter.

“Tired of the policy of the candle”, we also advance the RN who shunned the event. “The left has more of a tradition of popular gathering,” said PS Senator Laurence Rossignol. But is it really time for a political rally? “There is a hypocritical right, which holds great speeches in front of the microphones and which shows a great complacency towards the Moslem Brotherhood in the communities,” she attacks. And there is also a left naïve and complacent with regard to Islamism. “

In his viewfinder and that of several socialists present, France Insoumise (LFI) which “went astray”, according to the socialist Jérôme Guedj, in a controversial demonstration against Islamophobia in November 2019. “It’s dramatic to hear that these people are trying to divide barely 24 hours after the attack! “LFI MP Eric Coquerel gets carried away, targeting in particular former Prime Minister Manuel Valls. “We are just trying to avoid amalgamations to avoid giving grip to fundamentalists”, defends Coquerel. For the elected representative of Seine-Saint-Denis, “the ultra-minority fanatics”, if they are certainly “dangerous”, “are less important than one can say”. And to point out, like Jean-Luc Mélenchon, “a specific problem among the Chechens”.

VIDEO. Tribute to Samuel Paty: “We are here to show that we are not afraid”

A few meters away on the Place de la République, Manuel Valls persists and signs: “Part of the political, intellectual and trade union left has nourished Islamo-leftism and cowardice”. “It was important that there be a demonstration and unity, nuance the former Prime Minister. But now the important thing is to act. We must mobilize all the means of the State to eradicate the Islamists. It also mobilizes the whole of society. Everyone is an actor in this struggle. “

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