Gavin Mortimer at The Spectator writes of a provincial French town whose mayor wanted to honour Samuel Paty. It is a small tale that tells a big story. One which shows that the moral courage we need to ensure that extremists find that they are the isolated ones is, sadly, in short supply:
The reason mayor Beneventi dropped the idea of renaming the college in memory of Samuel Paty is because of the results of an internal survey. On the question of whether Eucalyptus College should adopt the name of the dead teacher, 89 per cent of parents and 69 per cent of pupils said no. As for the teaching staff, 100 per cent replied in the negative. ‘Obviously we want to want to honour our colleague, but not like that,’ said a staff spokeswoman.
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