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French premier joins nationwide tributes to beheaded teacher

PARIS (AP) — France’s prime minister has joined demonstrators who rallied together across the country in tribute to a history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. Sunday’s demonstrations came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump sent France a message of solidarity in the wake of the attack. Samuel Paty was beheaded Friday by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was later shot dead by police. French Prime Minister Jean Castex stood with citizens, associations and unions during the demonstration on the Place de la Republique in Paris in support of freedom of speech and in memory of the 47-year-old slain teacher.

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