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Politics is put on hold after Toulouse shootings


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Politics is put on hold after Toulouse shootings

The Toulouse shootings have brought the French presidential race to a halt.

Both Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande have suspended their campaigns.

The incumbent head of state and his wife Carla Bruni joined the Socialist contender in attending a memorial service for those who died.

They gathered with members of the Jewish community at a synagogue in Paris’ Marais district.

After the ceremony, thousands of Parisians led by a Jewish groups held a silent march through the east of the city.

A minute of silence will also be held in all French schools later today

The shootings amount to France’s most deadly anti-Semitic violence since August 1982, when a grenade attack on a Jewish restaurant in the French capital killed six people.

Late on Monday, the bodies of the victims were driven to the Ozar Hatorah school where pupils, teachers and parents held a overnight vigil in their memory.

All of the dead had joint Israeli-French citizenship.

Their bodies will be flown to Israel for burial as soon as possible at the request of their families.

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