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Demonstrations planned throughout France in tribute to beheaded teacher

Demonstrations are planned across France in tribute to a teacher who was beheaded by an attacker after showing his students caricatures of Mohammad. Samuel Paty was murdered near the school where he worked, in the commune of Conflans Saint-Honorine, northwest of Paris, on Friday. The suspected killer, who officials said was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee, was armed with a knife and a plastic pellet gun, was later shot dead by officers in a nearby town, police said. French authorities have launched an anti-terror investigation. President Emmanuel Macron called it an "assassination" and an "Islamist terrorist attack". The leaders of the main political parties, associations and trade unions will demonstrate on Sunday afternoon in Paris, Place de la République, and in many other cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux. The Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer and the Minister Delegate for Citizenship Marlène Schiappa have announced that they will represent the government "in support of teachers, secularism, freedom of expression and against Islamism". Here's what we know about the attack so far: Who was the victim? Paty, a 47-year-old history and geography teacher, was decapitated near the school at around 5 pm local time. Police told the AFP news agency that he had hosted a class discussion with secondary school students about cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Some Muslim parents said they had complained to the school and French media reported Paty had received a number of threats in the wake of the class. Blanquer said the school had taken "appropriate" steps in response to the complaints in setting up measures that both "supported the teacher and opened up a dialogue with parents". The minister added he would prepare a pedagogical "framework" on how to address the attack with students when they returned to school after half term. He said a minute's silence would be organised. President Emmanuel Macron visited the Bois d'Aulne school and met the history teacher's colleagues on Friday evening. He said afterwards: "One of our citizens was assassinated tonight because he was a teacher, because he taught students about the liberty of expression, the liberty to believe or not to believe. "Our countryman was the victim of a cowardly attack. The victim of an Islamist terrorist attack." Who was the alleged perpetrator? His alleged attacker was reported to be 18 years old, of Chechen origin and born in Moscow. …