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After beheading of French mountaineer, Muslims gather to demonstrate against extremism

  • Muslims hold a sign paying homage to French mountaineer Hervé Gourdel, his photo in the centre of the banner, who was beheaded by Islamist militants in Algeria,  during a gathering in front of the Paris Grand Mosque, Friday Sept. 26, 2014.  The gathering was part of demonstrations by French Muslims against the killings happening in the name of their religion. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Muslims hold a sign paying homage to French mountaineer Hervé Gourdel, his photo in the centre of the banner, who was beheaded by Islamist militants in Algeria, during a gathering in front of the Paris Grand Mosque, Friday Sept. 26, 2014. The gathering was part of demonstrations by French Muslims against the killings happening in the name of their religion. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Muslim holds up a misbaha in front of a photo of Herve Gourdel, as he pays homage to the French mountaineer who was beheaded by Islamist militants in Algeria, with a minute of silence during a gathering in front of the Paris Grand Mosque, Friday Sept. 26, 2014.  The gathering was part of demonstrations by French Muslims against the killings happening in the name of their religion. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    A Muslim holds up a misbaha in front of a photo of Herve Gourdel, as he pays homage to the French mountaineer who was beheaded by Islamist militants in Algeria, with a minute of silence during a gathering in front of the Paris Grand Mosque, Friday Sept. 26, 2014. The gathering was part of demonstrations by French Muslims against the killings happening in the name of their religion. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Muslim from Mauritania pays homage to French mountaineer Hervé Gourdel, his photo in the centre of the banner, who was beheaded by Islamist militants in Algeria, during a gathering in front of the Paris Grand Mosque, Friday Sept. 26, 2014.  The gathering was part of demonstrations by French Muslims against the killings happening in the name of their religion. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    A Muslim from Mauritania pays homage to French mountaineer Hervé Gourdel, his photo in the centre of the banner, who was beheaded by Islamist militants in Algeria, during a gathering in front of the Paris Grand Mosque, Friday Sept. 26, 2014. The gathering was part of demonstrations by French Muslims against the killings happening in the name of their religion. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)  (The Associated Press)

Muslims in France are gathering for a demonstration in Paris against extremist violence after the videotaped beheading of a French mountaineer.

Friday's protest comes a day after the main mosque in Paris called for the demonstration against the killings happening in the name of their religion. It also comes in the wake of the launch earlier this week by British Muslims of a social media campaign "#notinmyname" in response to the Islamic State group.

Many Western Muslims are torn between their fury at the atrocities committed in the name of Islam and frustration that they have to defend themselves at all. The head of the Bordeaux mosque said any demonstration should include all religions.