In the center of the French capital on Sunday, October 18, thousands of people marched to honor the memory of the murdered teacher, who showed children caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a lesson on freedom of speech. It is reported by DW referring to AFP.
Political leaders, associations, and unions demonstrated on the Place de la Republique in central Paris. Protestors also gathered in other major French cities, including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille, and Bordeaux.
"You do not scare us. We are not afraid. You will not divide us. We are France!" tweeted Prime Minister Jean Castex, who was among those gathered in Paris.
On the eve of the demonstration, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer called on "everyone to support the teachers," telling France 2 that it is now vital to demonstrate our "solidarity and unity."
History teacher Samuel Paty was decapitated on Friday by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police.
The teacher had been the target of online threats for showing the cartoons in class, with the father of one schoolgirl launching an online call for "mobilization" against him, France's anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said.
Witnesses said the young man, named as Abdullah A., was spotted at the school on Friday afternoon asking pupils where he could find Paty.
On Saturday, hundreds of pupils, teachers, and parents flooded to Paty's school to lay white roses.