Across France, thousands pay tribute to murdered teacher
Prime Minister Jean Castex and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo were among those taking part in demonstrations of solidarity
Tens of thousands of people gathered in cities across France to honour Samuel Paty, the history teacher who was murdered near the school at which he taught.
Images from vigils - which took place in towns and cities including Paris, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille and Strasbourg - have been posted on social media.
Prime Minister Jean Castex and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo were among thousands present at Place de la République in Paris, where a minute's silence was observed, and several teachers' representatives spoke.
Vous ne nous faites pas peur.— Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) October 18, 2020
Nous n'avons pas peur.
Vous ne nous diviserez pas.
Nous sommes la France ! pic.twitter.com/GjUQo9AePa
Teacher Mr Paty was murdered on Friday, after showing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed during a class on free speech at the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Yvelines.
J'étais Place de la République aujourd'hui pour rendre hommage à #SamuelPatty. Nous avons crié notre détermination à ne rien lâcher. Il faut être tous ensemble, conscients, forts contre la guérilla islamiste qui a osé decapiter un français en pleine rue. pic.twitter.com/39lJrkpsLI— Patrick Desbois (@desbois_patrick) October 18, 2020
All over France, the front pages of controversial weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo was held aloft. Many of those present held placards with slogans such as "I am a teacher" or "I am Samuel", echoing those written after the 2015 attack, were also chanted.
"I'm here as a teacher, as a mother, as a Frenchwoman and as a Republican," one woman told AFP.
In Lyon, 12,000 people gathered on the Place Bellecour, according to the prefecture.
There were more than 3,000 in Strasbourg, 1,500 in Lille, 2,500 in Marseille and 2,000 in Montpellier.
A national tribute at a venue to be confirmed will take place on Wednesday in coordination with the family of the murdered teacher, the Elysée announced.