1000’s gathered in and round Paris’ Place de la République, some holding indicators displaying the entrance web page of Charlie Hebdo — a satirical journal focused by extremists after displaying cartoons of the prophet — whereas others lofted placards, saying, “No to Islamisation” and “Nazislamisation is slicing our throats.”

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Prime Minister Jean Castex and different politicians have been available on the protests.

A particular wants trainer who works within the Paris space instructed CNN she joined the demonstration as a result of she was shocked by the killing.

“All of us ought to dwell collectively and be taught to dwell collectively, and everyone has to respect everyone’s religion,” 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 dying, authorities mentioned.

Earlier than police gunned him down Friday, Abouyezidovitch mentioned on Twitter that he had executed certainly one of French President Emmanuel Macron’s “canine of hell” who had belittled the revered prophet, anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-François Ricard mentioned.
Samuel Paty, 47, a French history and geography teacher was murdered in Paris on October 16, 2020.

Abouyezidovitch approached college students outdoors the college, positioned within the Parisian suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, asking them to level out Paty earlier than attacking the trainer on his method dwelling, Ricard mentioned.

Abouyezidovitch, who was not identified 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 dad or mum of one of many pupils on the faculty, instructed Agence France-Presse that Paty took measures to keep away from offending the Muslim kids in his class.

“It was simply to protect them. It was out of pure kindness as a result of he needed to present a caricature of the prophet of Islam and easily mentioned to the Muslim youngsters: ‘Exit, I do not need it to harm your emotions.’ That is what my son instructed me,” he mentioned.

A number of individuals taken into custody

After a Danish newspaper controversially revealed the caricatures in 2005, Charlie Hebdo republished them the next yr.

In 2015, 17 individuals have been killed in a terror assault that started in Charlie Hebdo’s workplaces in Paris and carried on for 3 days. Paty’s slaying got here as 14 individuals accused of involvement within the assaults stand trial. The courtroom proceedings started in Paris final month, and Charlie Hebdo mentioned it might republish the cartoons once more.

On October 7, a father of certainly one of Paty’s pupils known as for Paty’s dismissal on Fb. He additionally filed a grievance and revealed a YouTube video crucial of the trainer. Paty responded with a defamation grievance, Ricard mentioned.

People stand next to flowers displayed at the entrance of the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.People stand next to flowers displayed at the entrance of the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

Police have taken 11 individuals 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 Group in 2014 in Syria and is, as such, the topic of a search warrant by an anti-terrorist investigating choose,” the prosecutor mentioned.

Abouyezidovitch’s mother and father, grandfather and brother have been additionally taken in for questioning, a French judicial supply mentioned.

French Schooling Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer mentioned Paty was murdered “for instructing a category that needed to do with one of many pillars of democracy — freedom of expression.”

“Samuel Paty embodied our Republic’s most noble asset: its faculties. He was cowardly murdered by enemies of freedom. We shall be united, agency and resolute,” Blanquer wrote in a tweet.

Macron mentioned Paty was “killed as a result of he was instructing college students freedom of speech, the liberty to consider and never consider.”

CNN’s Pierre Bairin, Eva Tapiero, Martin Goillandeau and Ivana Kottasovà contributed to this report.