Tens of thousands of people rallied in Paris and cities across France on Sunday in solidarity with a secondary school teacher, Samuel Paty, who was beheaded outside his school.
Paty was killed on Friday after he had discussed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad with students during a civics class.
Demonstrators on the Place de la Republique, held aloft posters declaring “No to totalitarianism of thought” and “I am a teacher” in memory of Paty.
Prime Minister Jean Castex, who joined the Paris demonstration tweeted in solidarity of the protesters.
Castex was accompanied by Education Minister, Jean Michel Blanquer, Paris Major Anne Hidalgo and Junior Interior Minister Marlene Schiappa.
Schiappa said she was there in support of teachers, secularism and freedom of expression.