Thousands took to the streets of Paris Sunday in tribute to Samuel Paty, the French teacher beheaded by an Islamist extremist outside his school on Friday, according to reports.
The massive crowd gathered at the Place de la Republique in the French capital changing “Je suis enseignant,” or “I am a teacher,” in response to the horrific attack on the 47-year-old educator, which President Emanuel Macron called an “Islamic terrorist attack,” the BBC reported.
The Paris protest was just one of several in France, including gatherings at Place Bellecour in Lyon and in Lille, where marchers carried signs reading, “I am Samuel,” the network said.
Paty was attacked Friday by Abdoulakh Anzorov, a Russian-born 18-year-old who was allegedly retaliating for the teacher’s use of an image of the Prophet Muhammad during a classroom discussion on freedom of expression.
Anzorov hung around the school’s entrance looking for Paty before the attack, and even asked students to point him out, according