Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Prime Minister Jean Castex and other politicians were on hand to protest.
A teacher with special needs who works in the Paris area told CNN that she joined the demonstration because she was shocked by the murder.
“We all need to live together and learn to live together, and everyone needs to respect everyone’s faith,”; she said.
The prosecutor says the killer took out a loan
Abdullah Abuezidovich, an 18-year-old Chechen refugee, recognized Samuel Pati, 47, who taught history and geography at the College of Bois d’Olne, on Friday. Police killed the teenager on Friday afternoon in Eranya, the very suburbs of Paris where Pati’s body was found.
Pati taught classes on freedom of expression, during which he used caricatures of the prophet taken from “Charlie Hebdo”, causing controversy in the week before his death, according to authorities.
Abuezidovich approached the students near a school in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Saint-Honorine, asking them to point out Patty before attacking the teacher on the way home, Ricard said.
Abuezidovich, who was not known to security services, lived in Evreux, more than an hour’s drive from the scene of the attack, the prosecutor said. It was unclear whether Abuezidovich attended the College of Bois d’Olna.
Patty organized a cartoon lesson on Charlie Hebdo, Ricard said. Nordin Chawadi, the father of one of the school’s students, told Agence France-Presse that Patti was taking steps to avoid offending young Muslims in her class.
It was just to save them. It was out of pure kindness because he had to show a caricature of the Prophet of Islam and just said to the Muslim children, “Come on, I don’t want it to hurt your feelings.” He told me that. my son, “he said.
Several people were taken into custody
After the Danish newspaper controversially published the cartoons in 2005, Charlie Hebdo republished them the following year.
On October 7, the father of one of Patty’s students called for Patty’s release on Facebook. He also filed a complaint and posted a video on YouTube criticizing the teacher. Pati responded with a defamation complaint, Ricard said.
Police detained 11 people for questioning. These include a father who complained about Pati and the daughter-in-law of a man suspected of “joining the Islamic State in Syria in 2014 and as such is the subject of a search warrant by a counter-terrorism judge,” the prosecutor said.
Abuezidovich’s parents, grandfather and brother were also taken in for questioning, a French court source said.
French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanker said Patti had been killed “for teaching a class that was linked to one of the pillars of democracy – freedom of speech”
“Samuel Patti embodied the noblest heritage of our Republic: its schools. He was cowardly killed by the enemies of freedom. We will be united, firm and determined,” Blanker wrote in his tweet.
Macron said Pati was “killed because he taught students freedom of speech, freedom to believe and disbelief.”
Pierre Byrin, Eva Tapierro, Martin Goylando and Ivan Kottasov took part in this report.