Samuel Paty was posthumously awarded the Légion d’Honneur on Wednesday. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock
The killer of Samuel Paty, the teacher decapitated outside his school last week after showing his class two cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, was in contact with an Islamist fighter in Syria, French media has reported.
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor confirmed on Thursday that seven people, including two schoolchildren, had been charged with terrorism offences after Abdullakh Anzorov, 18, killed the teacher with a 30cm knife on Friday.
Paty, 47, was posthumously awarded the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour, at a ceremony at the Sorbonne University on Wednesday. Emmanuel Macron said France owed it to a “quiet hero … to continue his fight for liberty and for reason”.
Le Parisien newspaper reported that Anzorov had contact with an as yet unidentified Russian-speaking jihadist in Syria who was located through an IP address that had been traced back to Idlib, a jihadist holdout in north-western Syria.