Toulouse, France – President Nicolas Sarkozy called the shooting an “abominable drama and a frightening tragedy.” He cancelled his appointments and left for Toulouse on Monday morning, accompanied by Education Minister Luc Chatel and the president of the CRIF French Jewish association, Richard Prasquier.
Sarkozy and Socialist presidential nominee François Hollande announced the suspension of the election campaign. French police heighten security around Jewish schools across France closing streets.
The president met with local police officers. Speaking in Toulouse he said that “the investigation will be completed in its entirety. Whoever did it was crazy to murder Jewish children.”
The commander of the local police said they didn’t yet have a lead, but that a suspicious white car was seen at the scene of the crime.
Sarkozy said that on Tuesday, every school in France will stand for a moment of silence for the victims of the Toulouse shooting.
Hollande, the socialist presidential candidate for the French presidency announced that he will also travel to Toulouse to “express solidarity with the victims’ families and the French Jewish community.”
Pres. Sarkozy: This is an election year, need you be reminded??? Why did you wait a week??