PARIS (Reuters)-Police say 11 people were detained on Sunday as the authorities investigated the murder of Smith’s history teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by suspected Islamists , Shocked the country.
The organization of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked in a mass killing five years ago. It was the group that organized a tribute to Paris Patty that afternoon.
On Friday, the 47-year-old teacher was killed by an 18-year-old attacker outside a school in the suburbs of Paris. The attacker was born in Russia in Chechnya and was shot dead by police shortly after the attack.
Earlier this month, the teacher showed students a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression, which angered many Muslim parents. Muslims believe that any description of the prophet is blasphemous.
The government portrayed the murder as an attack on the core of French values.
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and politicians from all walks of life should attend the commemorative event in central Paris on Sunday. The office of President Emmanuel Macron said it will organize a nationwide tribute event on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Jean Castex said the government is developing a strategy to better protect teachers from threats. Before the attack, Paty had become the target of an angry campaign on social media.
Castex said in an interview with the “Daily”
“This tragedy affects each of us, because through this teacher, it was the Republic that was attacked.”
There is no detailed information on the eleventh person involved in the murder.
Soon after the attack, four close relatives of the attacker were detained. The counter-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said on Saturday that five more people have since been detained, including the father of a student at Patty’s school and the information known to the intelligence service. An acquaintance of the student’s father.
The tenth person was detained on Saturday night.
His office said Macron was originally scheduled to hold a security meeting with key ministers later on Sunday.
On Saturday, hundreds of students, including their students, their parents, teachers and local residents, came to the school of Boy d’Aulnein College Paty in the suburbs of Conte to express their sadness and unity.
(Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide; Editing by Frances Kerry)