The demonstrations are supported by trade unions and political leaders. President Macron’s office announced yesterday that Paty will receive a national tribute at a later date. When and how is not yet known.
The attacker, an 18-year-old Chechen born in Moscow, was shot by police shortly after the murder. An eleventh suspect was arrested last night in the investigation into the attack. According to the French news channel BFMTV is it a friend of the perpetrator.
Among those arrested are the Chechen’s parents, grandfather and younger brother.
A photo of Paty was found on his phone and also a statement claiming the attack. Immediately after the beheading, he posted a photo with Paty’s head on Twitter saying, “I killed one of the hellhounds who dared to humiliate Mohammed.”
The French prosecution has announced that a half-sister of the Chechen went to Syria in 2014 to join the Islamic State. It is not known where she is now.