Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Prime Minister Jean Castex and different politicians had been available on the protests.
A particular wants instructor who works within the Paris space instructed CNN she joined the demonstration as a result of she was shocked by the killing.
“We all should live together and learn to live together, and everybody has to respect everybody’s faith,” she mentioned.
Killer took credit score, prosecutor says
Abdoullakh Abouyezidovitch, an 18-year-old Chechen refugee, took credit score for Friday’s beheading of Samuel Paty, 47, who taught historical past and geography at Collège du Bois d’Aulne. Police killed the teenager Friday afternoon in Éragny, the identical Paris suburb the place Paty’s physique was discovered.
Paty had taught a category on freedom of expression, throughout which he used caricatures of the prophet taken from Charlie Hebdo, sparking controversy within the weeks previous his loss of life, authorities mentioned.
Abouyezidovitch approached college students exterior the varsity, positioned within the Parisian suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, asking them to level out Paty earlier than attacking the instructor on his manner house, Ricard mentioned.
Abouyezidovitch, who was not recognized to intelligence providers, lived in Évreux, greater than an hour’s drive from the scene of the assault, the prosecutor mentioned. It was unclear if Abouyezidovitch had attended Collège du Bois d’Aulne.
Paty had organized a lesson across the Charlie Hebdo caricatures, Ricard mentioned. Nordine Chaouadi, a mother or father of one of many pupils on the college, instructed Agence France-Presse that Paty took measures to keep away from offending the Muslim children in his class.
“It was just to preserve them. It was out of pure kindness because he had to show a caricature of the prophet of Islam and simply said to the Muslim children: ‘Go out, I don’t want it to hurt your feelings.’ That’s what my son told me,” he mentioned.
Several folks taken into custody
After a Danish newspaper controversially printed the caricatures in 2005, Charlie Hebdo republished them the next yr.
On October 7, a father of one in all Paty’s pupils referred to as for Paty’s dismissal on Facebook. He additionally filed a criticism and printed a YouTube video crucial of the instructor. Paty responded with a defamation criticism, Ricard mentioned.
Police have taken 11 folks into custody for questioning. Included are the daddy who complained about Paty and the person’s sister-in-law, who’s suspected of getting “joined the Islamic State Organization in 2014 in Syria and is, as such, the subject of a search warrant by an anti-terrorist investigating judge,” the prosecutor mentioned.
Abouyezidovitch’s mother and father, grandfather and brother had been additionally taken in for questioning, a French judicial supply mentioned.
French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer mentioned Paty was murdered “for teaching a class that had to do with one of the pillars of democracy — freedom of expression.”
“Samuel Paty embodied our Republic’s most noble asset: its schools. He was cowardly murdered by enemies of freedom. We will be united, firm and resolute,” Blanquer wrote in a tweet.
Macron mentioned Paty was “killed because he was teaching students freedom of speech, the freedom to believe and not believe.”
CNN’s Pierre Bairin, Eva Tapiero, Martin Goillandeau and Ivana Kottasovà contributed to this report.