A teacher was gunned down along with his two children at a Jewish school in southern France Monday, while the director of the school saw his daughter shot and killed in front of him, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a somber appearance at the school.
Monday's killing of four people at Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse was a "national tragedy," Sarkozy said. He called for a minute's silence in French schools on Tuesday.
It is the third time in the past 10 days that a gunman on a motorcycle has fired on members of ethnic minorities in the southwest of France.
French soldiers of north African origin were shot and killed on March 11 and March 15.
One of the guns used Monday was also used in the earlier killings, said Elisabeth Allannic, a spokeswoman for judicial authorities in Paris. A court in Paris Monday opened an investigation into all three killings, under anti-terrorism powers.FULL STORY