PARIS (Reuters) – The 11th person was detained on Sunday, police said as authorities investigated the murder of Samuel Pati, a history teacher who was beheaded by a suspected Islamist in an attack that shocked the country.
The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose offices were attacked in a massacre five years ago, was among the groups that organized Dana’s Day in Paris.
An 47-year-old malefactor killed a 47-year-old teacher near a school in a Paris suburb on Friday. The attacker, who was born in Russia of Chechen origin, was shot dead by police shortly after the attack.
Earlier this month, a teacher showed his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a free speech class, angering a number of Muslim parents. Muslims believe that any image of the Prophet is blasphemous.
The government portrayed the assassination as an attack on the heart of French values.
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanker and politicians from across the spectrum were to attend Sunday services in central Paris. A national tribute will be organized on Wednesday, the office of President Emmanuel Macron said.
Prime Minister Jean Castex said the government was working on a strategy to better protect teachers from threats. Prior to the attack, Pati was the target of a furious social media campaign.
“I want teachers to know that the whole country is behind them after this obscene act,”; Castex said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche.
“This tragedy affects each of us, because thanks to this teacher the Republic was attacked.”
There was no information on the 11th person detained in connection with the murder.
Shortly after the attack, four close relatives of the perpetrator were detained. Five more were later detained, including the father of a Pati school student and an acquaintance of the student’s father, known to intelligence, Terrorism Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said on Saturday.
Later on Saturday, the 10th person was taken into custody.
Macron was scheduled to meet with key ministers later Sunday, his office said.
On Saturday, hundreds of people, including students and their parents, teachers and locals, came to express their grief and solidarity in front of the school where Pati worked, the Bois d’Ollene College in the suburb of Conflan-Saint-Honorine.
(Report by Sybil de La Hamaid; edited by Francis Kerry)