March 19th, 2012
05:20 AM ET

Shooting at French Jewish school causes casualties

A shooting at a Jewish school in southern France resulted in casualties but authorities did not immediately say how many people were wounded or killed.

Media reports placed the number of dead at three, but CNN could not immediately confirm the figure.

The shooting took place at a private school, Ozar Hatorah, in the city of Toulouse - the same city where a soldier was fatally shot earlier this month.

France has one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe, with 380 reported acts of anti-Semitism in 2011, according to the French Jewish organization CRIF.

The news of Monday's shooting brought immediate reaction from Israel and France's grand rabbi.

"We follow with shock the news coming from France, and we trust the French authorities to shed full light on this crime and to bring those responsible to justice," said Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry.

Gilles Bernheim, the grand rabbi of France, said he was "horrified" and "upset" and that he was on his way to the school.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he too was on his way to Toulouse, accompanied by the head of CRIF.

Media reports said that a man in a motorcycle shot and killed three people - a man and two children - and fled.

On March 11, a soldier was on his motorbike when a man wearing a helmet on another motorcycle pulled up and shot and killed him, Toulouse police Capt. David Delattre said.

The soldier was not in uniform, and his motorbike did not have any military identification, Delattre said.

On Thursday, two other soldiers were shot dead and another injured by a black-clad man wearing a motorcycle helmet in the southwestern French city of Montauban, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Toulouse.

If the reported details of Monday's school shooting are confirmed, it will be the third incident in a little more than a week where the shooter fled on a motorbike.

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  1. Mary

    @ Qui qui shalom yadda yadda,
    That would be The United States being partly Iron and partly clay.
    Of course not all religions view Daniels dream the same way.
    But for me as I understand it, World dominance has been culminating since WW2 for the USA
    Consumption of others resources
    BIS and the NWO
    There are so many different events in history that point towards the fourth kingdoms reign but some will view those who bring it up as being conspiracy theorists just to shut us who actually want to learn.

    March 19, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    That's interesting tho, as we know America is made up of many diverse religions that is, Daniels dream... America being the last kingdom to fall (Iron and Clay) mixing those ingredients is impossible.
    How bout that? Just asking

    March 19, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Why not mix?

    Christians? Christians have been mixing themselves up with other religions for over 2,000 years now. So mixed-up are they, that there are now over 1,000 different denominations all calling themselves "christian", and all placing man's laws ahead of God's natural laws. Where God says to "quit mixing in company" with the violaters, today's "christians" blend, even with their own Pentagon blender.

    March 19, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. Why not mix?

    Daniel's dream had nothing to do with American diversity. Exactly what the 'iron and clay' stood for is up for debate but one thing is for sure: the two cannot be mixed, and a foundation made of iron and clay will fail.

    March 19, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    ok, I see the different denominations of christians.
    Then would that symbolize the mixing of Iron and clay?

    March 19, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    So the different religions in American society today has nothing to do with Daniels dream.
    As well as the diverse denominations of Christianity... right?

    March 19, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Hmmm, what the Iron and clay stood being up for debate. That's a good one to *chew* on.

    March 19, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      "Stood for" * I meant

      March 19, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Iron being strong like American power and position with in the world
    Sand being made up of many different grains of sand (many different religions) I seem to be coming back to the different religions again in my train of thought.

    March 19, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    ūüôā Thank you! That's why I keep coming back to the different religions being made of clay as in Daniels dream.
    Love the last 2 sentences... May I quote you in the future if I need it sometime? LOL

    March 19, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. ? ? ?

    @ meir weis, yup might as well reblog all these posts too! Its like an ozzy and harriet show in here!

    March 19, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    'Power' that be is trying to stir up things, disappointed with US, despite their bullying, at not going along with them for the Armageddon and beginning of the fall of the 'Last Kingdom" ??

    Good day all. Have to scoot out for now.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    By the way France is said to have the second largest population of Jews and perhaops the most incidents of 'anti-semitism'.
    And Iran, its name is bound to come up soon enough, has the second largest population of Jews in the M.East with representation in the Parliament and incidents of 'anti-semitism' have not be reported there. Intriguing.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Good afternoon, saywhay.

      IMO, Iran is not as forthcoming with information that would put them into an even worse light than they are already percieved.
      France has no compunction in this regard.

      In any case, it is a sad even, and my sympathy goes out to the families of those who were slain.
      I hope that nobody even thinks to blame Moussad for this...

      Everyone also knows that anti-semitism is alive and well, and most likely will always be.

      March 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I misspelled your name, saywhat.

      March 19, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      I recall that no incidents of anti-Semitism were reported in the Soviet Union as well...

      March 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Saywhat... I recall that no incidents of anti-Semitism were reported in the Soviet Union as well despite the fact that some 3 Million Jews lived there. ON the other hand, the fact that the number of Jews in Iran DECREASED by 85% since the Islamic Revolution speaks volumes about the happy lives of the Jews in Iran... Don't you agree?

      March 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    No problem @ banasy. Thanks.
    Hate crimes anywhere deserve strictest of punishment and condemnation. My sympathies are with those families.
    Both Mossad and Iran are surely bound to be mentioned in these attacks at some point.

    Read NY Times 22 Feb,2009 op-ed by Roger Cohen on Jews of Iran. Interesting

    March 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Mossad? Can you link Mossad to HATE CRIMES?

      March 19, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      He said they will probably be brought up, not that he himself links them.

      March 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      @ Thinker 23

      Sorry I was away. yes I think I'm capable of answering for myself. And yes you are right.there has been a decrease in Jewish population in Iran after the Islamic revolution but it is still the third largest in the world and second largest in M.East.
      you may also read Roger Cohen'sFeb 22, 2009 op-ed in N.Y times about Jews in Iran. Informative.

      March 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Thinker23

    Banasy... Do you really believe that 'saywhat' is incapable to talk for himself and needs your assistance? Further, if you're still willing to answer for him you may consider that 'saywhat' said that "Both Mossad and Iran are surely bound to be mentioned in these attacks" which, obviously, means that "Both Mossad and Iran surely" DESERVE to be mentioned".

    March 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I merely sought to clarify something, that is all.

      IMO, it would be disengenuous for Mossaud to be blamed for attacks on the Jewish people of France.

      If you want to infer anything into that, go ahead.

      Sorry to have interrupted you.....

      March 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    @ Thinker 23

    I didn't mean Mossad & Iran deserve to be mentioned. I meant what I said. The way things have been going.
    Thanks @ bansy. Undoubtedly you keep a very open mind and that says a lot about your heart.

    Good night all.

    March 20, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
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