THREE children and a teacher have been killed and several others injured in a shooting at a private Jewish school in Toulouse.
Witnesses said a man on a scooter opened fire on parents and children outside the school as they gathered at 8.10, just as the school gates were opening. He chased the pupils into the school grounds before fleeing himself.
A male teacher and his two children, aged six and three, were killed along with another 10 year old pupil. A 17 year old pupil was also seriously injured in the attack.
It is the third fatal shooting in the past 10 days. A 30-year-old paratrooper was gunned down in a residential area of Toulouse just over a week ago, while two soldiers were killed and a third wounded as they used a cashpoint in Montauban (46km away) on Thursday.
President Nicolas Sarkozy has expressed his horror at the shooting at collège-Lycée Ozar Hatorah, and called for a minute's silence in all French schools tomorrow morning.
The school and other Jewish schools around France are now being guarded by police.
Sarkozy travelled immediately to the school with Education Minister Luc Chatel and the head of the CRIF, the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France. Interior Minister Claude Guéant and Socialist presidential challenger François Hollande are also expected this afternoon.
More than 50 police, including anti-terror specialists, are already in Toulouse for the investigations into the previous attacks and soldiers have been ordered not to wear uniforms outside barracks.
News magazine Le Point says that investigators are following a serious lead relating to neonazi soldiers in 2008.