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DW News 18 Oct 2020

Thousands in France pay tribute to beheaded teacher


Demonstrations were held across France in a show of solidarity after the beheading of a teacher on his way home from school. Thousands gathered in central Paris to pay their respects to Samuel Paty, who was killed after showing cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed in a class on freedom of expression. People held aloft posters declaring "no totalitarianism of thought." Police have detained 11 people in connection with the killing. The suspect was shot dead by police soon after the attack.

#Demonstrators in #France on Sunday took part in gatherings in support of freedom of speech and in tribute to a history #teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad with his class. Samuel #Paty was beheaded on Friday by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police.
WATCH LIVE: Rally takes place in Paris paying tribute to the professor who was beheaded in a northwestern suburb of the French capital on Friday.
France will pay tribute Wednesday to a history teacher beheaded in a quiet Paris suburb as President Emmanuel Macron promised to intensify a clampdown on Islamist extremism.
IN THE PRESS - Monday, October 19, 2020: We look at reactions in the French papers to the brutal beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty. Libération references the famous Occupation-era poem "Liberty" by Paul Éluard with the headline "Liberty, I teach your name". Despite calls for unity, Le Parisien reports that there's already division, with right-wing politicians pushing for a response that goes beyond tributes. Papers are also examining the role played by a radical Islamist who was a known terror threat.

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