Paying respects in Toulouse
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy
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Myriam Monsonego
Jonathan Sandler and his wife
טולוז צרפת הרוגים הרוג פיגוע ירי יריות בית ספר יהודי פצועים
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Toulouse gunman may have filmed killings

French interior minister says gunman who murdered rabbi, three children was carrying 'filming apparatus.' Victims' bodies to be flown to Israel for burial in Jerusalem

The French interior minister said Tuesday that a gunman who killed four people at a Jewish school in southern France may have filmed the attack.


Claude Gueant said that the attacker "was wearing on his bloody chest a kind of filming apparatus." Asked whether the gunman recorded the scene, Gueant responded, "We can imagine that."


He said French authorities are combing the Internet to see if the killer posted a video online, but have not yet found any traces.


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Authorities say the same weapon was used in killings of three French paratroopers last week.

Gueant was speaking in the city of Toulouse, where an unidentified assailant opened fire at a Jewish school Monday, killing a rabbi and his two sons and the daughter of the school principal.


"אסור לנצל את הפשעים והכאבים שהם גרמו". חצר ביה"ס "אוצר התורה" (צילום: MCT)

Ozar Hatorah school courtyard (Photo: MCT)


Children aged three, six and eight, and a 30-year-old rabbi were shot dead as they arrived for classes at the Ozar Hatorah school in the southern city of Toulouse.


French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday rushed to Toulouse to visit the school with Richard Prasquier, the president of CRIF, the umbrella group representing Jewish organizations.


ירד מהקטנוע וירה לכל עבר. קיר בית הספר מנוקב מירי קליעים (צילום: MCT)

Bullet holes on school's wall (Photo: MCT)


"This act was odious, it cannot remain unpunished," Sarkozy said. "Barbarity, savagery and cruelty cannot win, hate cannot win. The republic is much stronger than all this," Sarkozy said, announcing a minute of silence in schools on Tuesday.


Thousands march in Paris in memory of attacks victims 


Hundreds of mourners in prayer caps gathered at the main synagogue in Toulouse. In Paris, thousands staged a silent evening march in central Place de la Republique, while political leaders joined a solemn remembrance ceremony at the grand synogogue. 


The victims' bodies will be buried in Israel, President of France's Jewish central Consistory Joel Mergui announced on Tuesday.


The remains of Jonathan Sandler, his two children Gabriel, and Arieh and of Myriam Monsonego will be flown to Paris by the French Air Force and handed over to El Al, which will fly them to Israel. The four will be buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday.


AP, AFP and Kobi Nahshoni contributed to this report




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