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French Police Conduct Raids Against Suspected Extremists After Teacher's Beheading

The attack was carried out on Friday in apparent response to a lesson about freedom of expression that showed the students cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Thousands of protesters wearing face masks gather on Sunday at Place de la République to pay tribute to a French history teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded on Friday after he showed his class cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Source: SOPA Images

Police in France raided numerous homes Monday in a sweep of suspects alleged to have offered online support for last week's beheading of a school teacher who had shown his students controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, the interior ministry said.

The raids come as thousands have poured into the streets in France to show solidarity in the wake of Friday's attack in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine,was killed by a man later identified as an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen.

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