The French prime minister has joined thousands of demonstrators rallying in tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded at a school near Paris for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class.
Thousands gathered in Place de la Republique to pay tribute to a history teacher who was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class
Thousands rally in Paris in protest at murder of teacher Samuel Paty by refugee Islamist terrorist, 18, who FILMED moment he beheaded him for showing pupils cartoons of Prophet Mohammed and then posted grisly clip online
- French prime minister joined thousands in Paris for Sunday’s ‘I am Samuel’ tribute to murdered teacher
- Aboulakh Anzorov, 18, shared a video and photos of the severed head of Samuel Paty after brutal attack
- Mr Paty, 47, had received threats before he was stabbed and beheaded by Chechen Islamist Anzorov
- Investigations are focusing on a parent who denounced Mr Paty online and gave details of the school
- Anzorov has links to ISIS and his half-sister travelled to Syria in 2014 to fight for the terrorist organisation
- Ten people have been arrested, including two parents who disapproved of showing of Prophet cartoons
Teacher Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded in Paris on Friday after he shared cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class. His killer shared a video of the victim’s severed head online
Some placed placards outside Paty’s school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine reading ‘I am Samuel’ that echoed the ‘I am Charlie’ rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of Mohammed
A moment’s silence was observed across the square, broken by applause and a rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Pictured: A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty that reads ‘Je suis prof’, ‘I’m a teacher’
The thousands of demonstrators in central Paris were joined by French Prime Minister Jean Castex (left), Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (centre) and Paris deputy mayor Audrey Pulvar (right)
After the killing, Anzorov himself shared pictures and videos online with Chechen ISIS Telegram channels, and also denounced President Emmanuel Macron as the ‘leader of the infidels’.
The killer’s uncle told French television: ‘He was a child. He was only 18. If he were still alive, I would have asked him: ‘Why did you do that? What was going on your head?’ He must have been influenced by someone.’
Meanwhile the prosecutor leading the investigation, Jean-François Ricard, said that the suspect, who had been granted a 10-year residency as a refugee in March and was not known to intelligence services, had been armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets.
The Russian embassy in Paris said Anzorov’s family arrived in France from Chechnya when he was six to seek asylum.
It also emerged that Anzorov asked pupils at the French school to point out the teacher who had shared a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet nude before targeting him.
Mr Paty had received threats after showing the cartoon during a class on freedom of speech about 10 days ago at the secondary school in middle-class Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
The teacher had invited Muslim students to leave the room before showing the caricature. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous.
However, one pupil stayed behind by mistake, and later told her Muslim parents. They filed a complaint against the teacher and held a meeting with Mr Paty, the school principal and an official from the education authority.
Investigations are focusing on Brahim Chnina (pictured), father of a 13-year-old girl in Paty’s class, who denounced the teacher online and gave details of the school. He has since been arrested