Friday 13 October, Dominique Bernard, a French teacher at Gambetta-Carnot school in Arras, was murdered, and two of his colleagues were seriously injured, in a terrorist attack.
The University of Rennes and its affiliated Grandes Écoles (ENS, ENSC, EHESP, INSA, Sciences Po) condemn this barbaric crime against a teacher of the French Republic. It is with emotion that our communities share the grief of the family, relatives and friends as well as the teaching community of Dominique Bernard, three years almost to the day after the murder of Samuel Paty.
The University of Rennes acts with determination and unfailing resolve for respect of the French Republican values of fraternity, secularism, freedom of conscience, free will and peace. It fights all forms of discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism. In the face of obscurantism, the University of Rennes, now more than ever, must provide each and every one of us with an area of education and reason, the culture of debate, access to knowledge, respect and shared tolerance.
The University also joins in France’s national tribute: this Monday at 2pm, one minute of silence and remembrance will be observed in memory of the victims of attacks against the schools of the French Republic.