Thousands protest in France following teacher beheading attack

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Demonstrations are being held across France in tribute to a teacher who was beheaded by an attacker after showing his students caricatures of Mohammad.

The educator, Samuel Paty, was murdered near the school where he worked, in Conflans Saint-Honorine, northwest of Paris, on Friday.

The suspected killer, allegedly an 18-year-old Chechen refugee, was armed with a knife and a plastic pellet gun, was later shot dead by officers in a nearby town.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday expressed her condolences to the victim’s family and said her “thoughts were going out to teachers in France and throughout Europe” after the attack.

The rector of the Lyon mosque, Kamel Kabtane, said the murdered teacher “did his job” and was “respectful” in teaching his pupils about freedom of expression.