Schools across France have observed a moment of silence in honor of the four people killed at a Jewish school. As the hunt for the killer got underway, officials said the gunman may have filmed his deeds.
All French schools took part in the moment of silence to pay homage to the three pupils and one teacher shot by a lone gunman at the Toulouse Jewish school a day earlier.
President Nicolas Sarkozy observed the moment of silence at a junior high school in Paris, where he told pupils the victims "are exactly like you." The attack "could have happened here," he said.
His Socialist rival, Francois Hollande, paid his respect to the victims at a school in the Parisian suburbs.
The bodies of the four, seven-year-old Myriam Monsonego, Jonathan Sandler and his four- and five-year-old sons, Gabriel and Arieh, were due to be flown to Israel in the evening. The children all possessed dual French-Israeli citizenship.
A huge manhunt began on Monday in the Toulouse area after the four were killed outside the Ozar Hazarah school.
Sarkozy raised the terror alert level in the region to scarlet, the highest possible level, implying an imminent attack. Security was also increased at schools, synagogues and mosques around the country, he said. Hundreds of police and 14riot police units were operating in the region.
French Interior Minister Claude Gueant said on Tuesday that video surveillance footage showed the man had a camera attached to his neck and may have been filming his shooting spree.