Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Prime Minister Jean Castex and other politicians are at the hands of the protests.
A teacher with special needs working in the Paris area told CNN that he joined the demonstration because he was shocked by the murder.
“We should all live together and learn to live together, and everyone should respect everyone’s faith,” he said.
Killer took the credit, prosecutor said
Abdoullakh Abouyezidovitch, an 18-year-old Chechen who fled, pretended to be beheaded on Friday by Samuel Paty, 47, who taught history and geography at the Collège du Bois d’Aulne. Police killed the teenager Friday afternoon in Eragny, the same suburb of Paris where Paty’s body was found.
Paty taught a freedom of expression class, in which she used prophetic cartoons taken from Charlie Hebdo, which sparked controversy in the weeks before his death, authorities said.
Abouyezidovitch approached students outside the school, located in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, asking them to point to Paty before attacking the teacher on her way home, Ricard said.
Abouyezidovitch, unknown to intelligence services, lived in Évreux, more than an hour’s drive from the scene of the attack, prosecutors said. It is unclear whether Abouyezidovitch attended the Collège du Bois d’Aulne.
Paty organized a lesson around Charlie Hebdo cartoons, Ricard said. Nordine Chaouadi, a parent of one of the students at the school, told Agence France-Presse that Paty had taken steps to avoid hurting the Muslim children in her class.
“It was just to keep them. It was from pure kindness because he had to show a caricature of the prophet of Islam and simply said to the young Muslims: ‘Come out, I do not want to hurt your feelings.’ That’s what my son told me, “he said.
Many people were arrested
After a controversial Danish newspaper published the caricatures in 2005, Charlie Hebdo republished it the following year.
On October 7, a father of one of Paty’s students called for Paty’s dismissal on Facebook. He also filed a complaint and published a video on YouTube critical of the teacher. Paty responded to a defamation complaint, Ricard said.
Police arrested 11 people in custody for questioning. Along with the father who complained about Paty and the man’s sister-in-law, who allegedly “joined the Islamic State Organization in 2014 in Syria and, as such, was subject to a search warrant by an anti-terrorist investigation judge,” the prosecutor said.
Abouyezidovitch’s parents, grandparents and siblings were brought in for questioning, a French judicial source said.
French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said Paty was killed “for teaching in a class related to one of the pillars of democracy – freedom of expression.”
“Samuel Paty represents our Republic’s most prudent property: its schools. He was cowardly assassinated by opponents of freedom. We are united, steadfast and with evidence,” Blanquer wrote in a tweet.
Macron said Paty was “killed because he taught students freedom of speech, the freedom to believe and disbelieve.”
CNN’s Pierre Bairin, Eva Tapiero, Martin Goillandeau and Ivana Kottasovà contributed to this report.