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Sarkozy: Gunman in French shootings driven by racism [VIDEO]

Reuters

March 19, 2012 | 12:57 pm

French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks to the nation about the morning shooting outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, from the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 19. Photo by REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks to the nation about the morning shooting outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, from the Elysee Palace in Paris, on March 19. Photo by REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the same gunman who shot dead a teacher and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday was also responsible for the killing of three soldiers last week, apparently motivated by racism.

“We know that it is the same person and the same weapon that killed the soldiers, the children and the teacher,” Sarkozy said in a televised address, saying the terrorism alert level in France had been raised.

“This act is odious and cannot remain unpunished.”

Sarkozy also said he would suspend his campaign for France’s April-May presidential election until Wednesday.

Reporting By Daniel Flynn and Leigh Thomas; editing by Nicolas Vinocur

 

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