Thousands gathered across France to support teachers and freedom of expression and pay tribute to Samuel Paty, 47, a teacher who was beheaded by a suspected Islamist.
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.
Prime Minister Jean Castex attended the gathering along with Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and politicians from across the spectrum, showing solidarity.
“You don’t scare us. We are not afraid. You will not divide us. We are France!” Castex.
Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police.