Toulouse, France – French paper Le Point reported Monday that French police are searching for three former paratroopers in connection with the Toulouse Jewish school shooting that left four dead.
According to the report, the paratroopers were dismissed over suspicion of being neo-Nazis in 2008.
The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the report.
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.
French police said earlier Monday that forensic evidence revealed the gun used to kill four people — a teacher, his two children and another child — at the Ozar Hatorah school was the same used to slay three French soldiers on two separate occasions nearby.
The victims in the shootings were all members of minority groups but the exact motivation of the killer is yet unknown.