Tens of thousands of people gathered this Sunday in Paris and throughout France in tribute to Professor Samuel Paty, beheaded Friday for showing his students caricatures of Muhammad, an Islamist attack that aroused national emotion.
Theater of the historic demonstration which had followed the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher on January 11, 2015, the Place de la République in Paris was filled at the beginning of the afternoon with thousands of demonstrators, teachers, elected officials and anonymous people who came to defend freedom of expression, say no to “obscurantism” and sing the Marseillaise.
In Lyon, Place Bellecour, one of the largest in the country, was also black with 6,000 people according to the prefecture, gathered in front of the statue of the Man of Stone, symbol of the Resistance, a sticker “I am a teacher “on the lapel of their jacket or a rose in hand.
Some 300 people also gathered at midday in Nice. “Everyone is in danger today, there have been other attacks already targeting a newspaper or just citizens like here in Nice, and now that has to change”, said Valentine Mule, 18 years old. , first year law student in Nice.