Demonstrators across France rally in tribute to beheaded teacher

Police arrest nine after teacher beheaded in Paris suburb

Commemorative rallies were held in many other cities across France, including Orleans, Toulouse, Lyon and Grenoble, where large crowds of people gathered near the mayoral offices.

A moment's silence was observed across the square, broken by applause and a rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.

Ricard told reporters on Saturday that the attacker, who he identified as Abdoullakh Aboutezidovitch A., was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee. Prosecutors said the attacker, shot dead by police soon after, wanted to punish the teacher for showing his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics class on freedom of expression earlier this month.

The killing was described by French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday as a "terrorist attack". The parents had complained about Paty's use of caricatures of the Prophet, which were shown in class as part of a discussion about freedom of expression.

Islam forbids images of the prophet because it is believed it will lead to idolatry. They reportedly expected possible protests against the teacher, but never a violent reprisal.

Paty had been the target of an angry campaign on social media before he was killed.

At the school, parents and teachers paid tribute to the victim.

Less than a month ago, a man originally from Pakistan used a meat cleaver to attack and wound two people who were on a cigarette break outside the offices where Charlie Hebdo was based at the time of the 2015 attack.

France's counterterror police opened an investigation after a stabbing attack in front of the former offices of Charlie Hebdo last month left two wounded.

Four relatives of the attacker, including a minor, were detained in the immediate hours after the attack in the middle-class suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, the police sources said.

Armed police killed the attacker minutes later near the College du Bois d'Aulne school in the suburb.

Political and religious leaders in France have expressed outrage at the killing and called for solidarity.


Unions, anti-racism groups and Charlie Hebdo organized a gathering in central Paris on Sunday to commemorate the murdered teacher.

"We all should live together and learn to live together, and everybody has to respect everybody's faith", she said. "And today it is clear to everyone that it is this that has been attacked".

One parent filed a criminal complaint against Paty, France's anti-terrorism public prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard, said in a press conference Saturday.

Numerous attendees were teachers themselves, according to France 24, and spoke of being shocked and saddened by the killing.

The teachers are united, to defend their freedom to teach, but many say they are helpless in the face of certain students.

"This evening, I am sad, for my daughter, but also for teachers in France. There will be a before and after this disgusting event".

Ricard acknowledged that prior incident on Saturday, saying, "This terrorist crime is the second committed during the trial of the January [2015] attacks".

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo were among the thousands of demonstrators in Paris on Sunday.

"It's them or us", titled Le Point magazine in an editorial on the killing, while the regional Le Telegramme wrote that Friday's attack "reminds us to what extent our French model of education and separation of church and state is threatened".

It also comes amid-and is partly shaped by- the country's very different battle against another crisis, the coronavirus pandemic.

The secretary general of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemned the attack on Sunday, reiterating that it rejects "all forms of extremism, radicalization and terrorism for any reason or motive".

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