France to organize Solidarity march for teacher beheaded recently

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RIP Samuel Paty
RIP Samuel Paty

France : Dozens of rallies will be organized across cities in France to show solidarity and defiance following the beheading of a teacher outside his school for showing pupils cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

The beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty in Paris suburb has sparked outrage in France. 

"It is absolutely important to show our mobilisation and our solidarity, our national cohesion," education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer told France 2, calling on "everyone (to) support the teachers". 

One rally was set to take place at the Place de la Republique in Paris, a traditional site of protest where around 1.5 million people demonstrated in 2015 following a deadly attack on Charle Hebdo's office by Islamist gunmen.

Rallies were also expected in Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux.

Soon after the attack on teacher, the suspected 18-year-old man was shot dead by the cops.

The Russian embassy in Paris on Saturday said the suspect's family had arrived in France from Chechnya when he was six and requested asylum. 

The schoolgirl's father and a known Islamist militant are among 10 people arrested.

Witnesses said he was spotted at the school on Friday afternoon asking pupils where he could find Paty. 

A photograph of Paty and a message confessing to his murder were found on the assailant's mobile phone. 

The prosecutor said the attacker had been armed with a knife, an airgun and five canisters. He had fired shots at police and tried to stab them as they closed in on him. He was in turn shot nine times, said Ricard.