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August 10, 2022

Huge manhunt under way after fatal France shootings

Gunman may have filmed killings at Toulouse school.

Hundreds of police blanketed southern France on Tuesday, searching for a gunman – possibly a racist, anti-Semitic serial killer – who killed four people at a Jewish school and may have filmed his attack.Authorities suspect the same killer was behind attacks last week on French paratroopers of North African and French Caribbean origin, abcnews reports. On the other hand, according to BBC, Interior Minister Claude Gueant (photo) told French radio the authorities did not know who the killer was. “For now, we carry on working. We’re no further than that,” he said. France was reeling Tuesday after Monday’s shooting in the southern city of Toulouse, the deadliest school shooting in the country and the bloodiest attack on Jewish targets in decades. Schools across the country held a moment of silence to honor the victims, who were heading to Israel for burial. “The children are exactly like you,” President Nicolas Sarkozy told junior high children in Paris after joining them for the moment of silence. “That could have happened here.” He vowed to find the killer.  Interior Minister Claude Gueant said the attacker was “wearing around his neck an apparatus” that could be used to film and post video online. He said that gave investigators new clues to the killer’s “profile,” though he admitted they don’t appear to close to an arrest. Gueant described the suspect as “someone very cold, very determined, very much a master of his movements, and by consequence, very cruel.” In Monday’s shooting, the attacker first gunned down a rabbi and his 4-year-old and 5-year-old sons, then chased down the 7-year-old daughter of the school principal, shooting her dead at point-blank range. Asked whether the gunman recorded the scene, Gueant responded, “We can imagine that.” But he added that authorities have not yet found any images of the killings online.Sarkozy is meeting with members of France’s Jewish and Muslim community. France has the largest population of Jews and Muslims in western Europe.

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