Thousands rally in Paris in protest at murder of teacher Samuel Paty by refugee Islamist terrorist, 18, who FILMED moment he beheaded him for showing pupils cartoons of Prophet Mohammed and then posted grisly clip online

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The French prime minister has joined thousands of demonstrators rallying in tribute to a history teacher who was brutally beheaded at a school near Paris for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class. 

Samuel Paty, 47, was brutally stabbed to death and beheaded by Aboulakh Anzorov, 18, in a northern suburb of the French capital on Friday afternoon.

In Paris, thousands including French Prime Minister Jean Castex gathered to pay tribute to the slain teacher in a defiant show of solidarity at the Place de la Republique. 

Some held placards reading ‘I am Samuel’ that echoed the ‘I am Charlie’ rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of Mohammed.

A moment’s silence was observed across the square, broken by applause and a rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Others recited: ‘Freedom of expression, freedom to teach.’

Demonstrators also gathered in major cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux.

It has been revealed that Islamist terrorist Anzorov filmed himself killing and then beheading Paty outside the gates of his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine before sharing a video of the victim’s severed head to fellow ISIS supporters.  

It has also been revealed the half-sister of the Russian-born killer travelled to Syria to join ISIS in 2014 and was the subject of an anti-terror investigation. 

Investigations are focusing on Brahim Chnina, father of a 13-year-old girl in Paty’s class, who denounced the teacher online and gave details of the school. He has since been arrested.

Branding Mr Paty a thug in a video posted on Twitter sometime in the last week, he asked the community to complain about the teacher’s behaviour.  The killer is presumed to have seen the video and acted upon it.Demonstrators have gathered in several French cities to support freedom of speech after history teacher Samuel Paty was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Pictured: Several people held signs reading 'Je suis Prof, Je suis Samuel' to echo the 'I am Charlie' rallying cry after the 2015 attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo+34

Demonstrators have gathered in several French cities to support freedom of speech after history teacher Samuel Paty was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Pictured: Several people held signs reading ‘Je suis Prof, Je suis Samuel’ to echo the ‘I am Charlie’ rallying cry after the 2015 attack on satirical newspaper Charlie HebdoThousands gathered in Place de la Reublique to pay tribute to a history teacher who was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class+34

Thousands gathered in Place de la Reublique to pay tribute to a history teacher who was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his classTeacher Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded in Paris on Friday after he shared cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class. His killer shared a video of the victim's severed head online+34

Teacher Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded in Paris on Friday after he shared cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class. His killer shared a video of the victim’s severed head onlineSome placed placards outside Paty's school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine reading 'I am Samuel' that echoed the 'I am Charlie' rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of Mohammed+34

Some placed placards outside Paty’s school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine reading ‘I am Samuel’ that echoed the ‘I am Charlie’ rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of MohammedA moment's silence was observed across the square, broken by applause and a rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Pictured: A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty that reads 'Je suis prof', 'I'm a teacher'+34

A moment’s silence was observed across the square, broken by applause and a rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Pictured: A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty that reads ‘Je suis prof’, ‘I’m a teacher’A protester in the French capital holds aloft a placard which reads 'they won't decapitate the Republic' in the wake of the brutal attack+34

A protester in the French capital holds aloft a placard which reads ‘they won’t decapitate the Republic’ in the wake of the brutal attackThe thousands of demonstrators in central Paris were joined by French Prime Minister Jean Castex (left), Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (centre) and Paris deputy mayor Audrey Pulvar (right)+34

The thousands of demonstrators in central Paris were joined by French Prime Minister Jean Castex (left), Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (centre) and Paris deputy mayor Audrey Pulvar (right)

After the killing, Anzorov himself shared pictures and videos online with Chechen ISIS Telegram channels, and also denounced Emmanuel Macron as the ‘leader of the infidels’.

The killer’s uncle told French television: ‘He was a child. He was only 18. If he were still alive, I would have asked him: ‘Why did you do that? What was going on your head?’ He must have been influenced by someone.’ 

Meanwhile the prosecutor leading the investigation, Jean-François Ricard, said that the suspect, who had been granted a 10-year residency as a refugee in March and was not known to intelligence services, had been armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets.  

It emerged yesterday that Anzorov asked pupils at the French school to point out the teacher who had shared a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet nude before targeting him.

Mr Paty had received threats after showing the cartoon during a class on freedom of speech about 10 days ago.  

The teacher had invited Muslim students to leave the room before showing the caricature. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous.

A father of a 13-year-old pupil at the secondary school in middle-class Conflans-Sainte-Honorine said Mr Paty had told any Muslim students to leave because the cartoon would likely cause offence.  

However, one pupil stayed behind by mistake, and later told her Muslim parents. They filed a complaint against the teacher and held a meeting with Mr Paty, the school principal and an official from the education authority.     Investigations are focusing on Brahim Chnina (pictured), father of a 13-year-old girl in Paty's class, who denounced the teacher online and gave details of the school. He has since been arrested+34

Investigations are focusing on Brahim Chnina (pictured), father of a 13-year-old girl in Paty’s class, who denounced the teacher online and gave details of the school. He has since been arrested+34

A picture of a body lying in the middle of the road was shared online before French anti-terror prosecutors confirmed they were investigating an assault in which a man was decapitated on the outskirts of Paris Video playing bottom right…Click here to expand to full page Mask-wearing Parisians rally in protest at murder of teacherLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:23PreviousPauseSkipLIVEUnmute00:00Current Time 0:23/Duration Time 2:37FullscreenNeed TextVideo Quality576p540p360p270pForegroundBackgroundWindowFont SizeText Edge StyleFont FamilyMinimizeExpandClose

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Demonstrators held aloft posters declaring: 'No to totalitarianism of thought' and 'I am a teacher', while some chanted 'Je Suis Samuel', echoing the 'Je Suis Charlie' cry following the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks+34

Demonstrators held aloft posters declaring: ‘No to totalitarianism of thought’ and ‘I am a teacher’, while some chanted ‘Je Suis Samuel’, echoing the ‘Je Suis Charlie’ cry following the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacksA person holds a sign reading 'I am Samuel' as people gather on the Vieux Port in Marseille+34

A person holds a sign reading ‘I am Samuel’ as people gather on the Vieux Port in MarseillePupils left messages to the teacher reading 'Thank you Mr. Paty to have taught us History and Freedom of Speech, We love you' (left) and 'Hommage to Mr. Paty' (right)+34

Pupils left messages to the teacher reading ‘Thank you Mr. Paty to have taught us History and Freedom of Speech, We love you’ (left) and ‘Hommage to Mr. Paty’ (right)Murdered teacher Samuel Paty+34

The teacher had invited Muslim students to leave the room before showing the caricature. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous It emerged yesterday that Anzorov asked pupils at the French school to point out the teacher who had shared a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet nude before targeting him+34

It emerged yesterday that Anzorov asked pupils at the French school to point out the teacher who had shared a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet nude before targeting himPolice shown arriving to attempt to arrest the 18-year-old suspect, suspected of beheading a middle school teacher on Friday+34

French officers were seen pointing their firearms downs the street at the suspect out of shot of the video+34

Police shown arriving to attempt to arrest the 18-year-old suspect, suspected of beheading a middle school teacher on Friday. French officers were seen pointing their firearms downs the street at the suspect out of shot of the video

Chnina and an Islamic activist friend, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, are among eleven people who have been arrested in connection with the attack.

The video shared by Chnina sparked community outrage and was shared by a mosque in Pantin, a Parisian suburb. Days later, Mr Paty was stabbed and decapitated in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine 25 miles north west of Paris.

Witnesses said they heard Chechen-born attacker Anzorov shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ – Arabic for God is the Greatest – before he was shot dead by police about 600 yards from the killing. 

French anti-terror prosecutors said they were treating the assault as ‘a murder linked to a terrorist organisation’.  Teachers arrive to lay flowers in front of Bois d'Aulne middle school to pay their respect after a teacher was assassinated+34

Teachers arrive to lay flowers in front of Bois d’Aulne middle school to pay their respect after a teacher was assassinated +34

People in face masks light candles outside a middle school near Paris where father-of-one Samuel Paty had worked … Parents and pupils lay flowers for teacher killed in attackLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipLIVEMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:05FullscreenNeed TextVideo Quality576p540p360p270pForegroundBackgroundWindowFont SizeText Edge StyleFont FamilyMinimizeExpandClose

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Eleven people have now been arrested, including the parents of a child at the school who had signalled their disagreement with Mr Paty’s decision to show the cartoon, a judicial source said.

Four people were initially detained by police over the murder, but five new people held for questioning are members of Anzorov’s social circle, including his grandparents, parents and 17-year-old brother.  

Yesterday’s terror attack came as Emmanuel Macron works on a bill to address Islamic radicals, who authorities claim are creating a parallel society outside French values. 

France has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe with up to five million members. 

The French President denounced what he called an ‘Islamist terrorist attack’, claiming: ‘One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught the freedom to believe or not believe.’    … Emmanuel Macron decries ‘Islamist terrorist attack’ in ParisLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipLIVEMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:10FullscreenNeed TextVideo Quality576p540p360p270pForegroundBackgroundWindowFont SizeText Edge StyleFont FamilyMinimizeExpandClose

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French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an 'Islamist terrorist attack', claiming: 'One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught the freedom to believe or not believe. He said the attack should not divide France because that is what the extremists want. We must stand all together as citizens'+34

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an ‘Islamist terrorist attack’, claiming: ‘One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught the freedom to believe or not believe. He said the attack should not divide France because that is what the extremists want. We must stand all together as citizens’+34

Anti-terrorism state prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard, wearing a face mask, speaks during a press conference todayTeachers arrive to lay flowers in front of Bois d'Aulne middle school to pay their respect after a teacher was assassinated+34

Teachers arrive to lay flowers in front of Bois d’Aulne middle school to pay their respect after a teacher was assassinatedPictured: A woman views floral tributes outside the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine today following the death of a French teacher+34

Pictured: A woman views floral tributes outside the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine today following the death of a French teacherSigns read 'Je suis Samuel' outside the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in tribute to Mr Paty, who was killed on Friday+34

Signs read ‘Je suis Samuel’ outside the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in tribute to Mr Paty, who was killed on FridayThe killer fled to the nearby town of Eragny-sur-Oise (pictured) around two miles away from where the alleged beheading occurred, where he refused to surrender and was shot dead by the police+34

The killer fled to the nearby town of Eragny-sur-Oise (pictured) around two miles away from where the alleged beheading occurred, where he refused to surrender and was shot dead by the police … Muslim father complained about teacher for showing Prophet caricatureLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipLIVEMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:10FullscreenNeed TextVideo Quality576p540p360p270pForegroundBackgroundWindowFont SizeText Edge StyleFont FamilyMinimizeExpandClose

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Mr Macron added: ‘It was no coincidence that the terrorist killed a teacher because he wanted to kill the Republic and its values. The Enlightenment, (is) the possibility to make our children, wherever they come from, whatever they believe in, whether they believe or not, whatever their religion, to turn them into free citizens.

‘This battle is ours and it is existential. They will not pass. Obscurantism and the violence that goes with it will not win. They will not divide us. That’s what they seek and we must stand together.’

Prime Minister Jean Castex wrote on Twitter today: ‘Through one of its defenders, it is the Republic which has been struck in the heart by Islamist terrorism. 

‘In solidarity with its teachers, the State will react with the greatest firmness so that the Republic and its citizens live, free! We will never give up. Never.’ 

Addressing the country’s teachers, pupils and their parents, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said Paty was killed by what he called the enemies of freedom. ‘The Republic will never, never, never back down when confronted by terror, intimidation,’ he said in a recorded statement. 

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Laurent Brosse, mayor of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, said: ‘We’ll pick ourselves up together, thanks to our spirit of solidarity.’ 

In an outpouring of grief, the hashtag #JeSuisSamuel (I am Samuel) trended on social media, like the #JeSuisCharlie call for solidarity after the attack on Charlie Hebdo in 2015.    

France’s parliament suspended Friday’s debate after news of the decapitation, with session president Hugues Renson, visibly moved, calling the attack ‘abominable’.

MPs stood as Renson said that ‘in the name of all of us, I want to honour the memory of Mr Paty.’ Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer tweeted: ‘The Republic is under attack.’

Lawmakers and teachers’ unions hailed the slain teacher’s courage for confronting challenging taboos in French society. Freedom of expression was a core tenet of democracy, they said.

Jean-Remi Girard, president of the National Union of School Teachers, told BFM TV that children needed to understand that blasphemy can shock, but is legal.    … French resident films shooting of man who beheaded teacherLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipLIVEMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:43FullscreenNeed TextVideo Quality576p540p360p270pForegroundBackgroundWindowFont SizeText Edge StyleFont FamilyMinimizeExpandClose

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People gather in front of the Bois d'Aulne college after the attack in the Paris suburb of Conflans St Honorine+34

People gather in front of the Bois d’Aulne college after the attack in the Paris suburb of Conflans St HonorineLocal mayor Laurent Brosse, second left, and deputy mayors applaud outside the school where a teacher was working+34

Local mayor Laurent Brosse, second left, and deputy mayors applaud outside the school where a teacher was working+34

Teenagers arriving to lay flowers in front of Bois d’Aulne middle school to pay their respect after Mr Party’s murder French police officers were seen standing guard and holding firearms at the end of the street where earlier a teenager suspected of beheading a middle school history teacher was shot dead after refusing to surrender+34

French police officers were seen standing guard and holding firearms at the end of the street where earlier a teenager suspected of beheading a middle school history teacher was shot dead after refusing to surrenderA police source said the scene has been cordoned off and a bomb disposal unit dispatched because of the suspected presence of an explosive vest+34

A police source said the scene has been cordoned off and a bomb disposal unit dispatched because of the suspected presence of an explosive vestFrench police gather outside a middle school in a Parisian suburb of Friday night after a history teacher was decapitated+34

French police gather outside a middle school in a Parisian suburb of Friday night after a history teacher was decapitated The French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to visit the scene of the stabbing in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine+34

The French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to visit the scene of the stabbing in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-

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