Thousands of protesters, teachers, elected officials and others gathered in Place de la Republique, the scene of protests following the Charlie Hebdo attack, to defend freedom of expression, say “no” to obscurantism and sing Marseilles.

“I am here as a teacher, a mother, a French citizen and a Republican. I hope that there will be many, that the whole of France will react, because the power lies in the union “, said Virginia, a 52-year-old music teacher.

Among the demonstrators in Paris was Prime Minister Jean Castex, along with Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer.

At least 6,000 protesters gathered in Lyon’s Bellecour Square, one of the largest in the country.

About 300 protesters also took to the streets in Nice.

The Elysee Palace announced that Samuel Paty will be honored nationwide on Wednesday, reports AFP.

Samuel Paty was assassinated on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine by a young man of Chechen origin, after showing students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a course on freedom of expression. 18-year-old Chechen Abdoullakh Anzorov, born in Moscow and a refugee in France with his family, was shot dead by police, firing nine bullets at him. Known with a common law background, but not for radicalization, Abdoullakh A. used a 35-centimeter knife to decapitate his victim near the college where he was a teacher. In his phone were found a message addressed to Emmanuel Macron, the “leader of the unbelievers” and the photo of the beheaded victim, posted on Twitter. So far, 11 people have been arrested in connection with the case.