France’s presidential candidates have been quick to condemn the attack in Toulouse and express their support for the Jewish community. President Nicolas Sarkozy visited the school to offer his condolences.
He gave weight to the view that the recent spate of killings were linked. “This murder doesn’t just hurt the Jewish community, the entire national community is distressed and is by your side. We are struck by the similarity of the modus operandi of today’s tragedy and that which occurred last week,” he said.
Sarkozy’s main rival, Socialist François Hollande, is also planning to visit the scene. Israel has urged the French authorities to do whatever it takes to track down the perpetrator.