A gunman has opened fire in front of a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, killing three children and a teacher.
The victims were a teacher at the Ozar Hatorah school and his two sons, aged three and six. The fourth victim was another child, aged between eight and 10 and thought to be the school principal's daughter. A 17 year old boy was also seriously injured.
Police say there are similarities with two shootings in the same part of France last week. Three soldiers of North African origin were shot in nearby Montauban. In a separate incident, a paratrooper of Caribbean origin was shot dead in a residential area of Toulouse on Thursday. In both cases, the assailant escaped on a scooter.
President Nicolas Sarkozy said it was "far too early" to say whether there was a link between the shootings. He said: "Whatever happens, faced with this kind of toll, we can say that the French Republic as a whole has been hit by this appalling tragedy."
The gunman entered the school at 8.15am and according to eyewitnesses opened fire on "everything that moved". He then fled the scene on a motorbike.