Shooting at French Jewish School Leaves 3 Dead

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(Update -- the count is now four dead)

Not that much is known yet:

PARIS -- A man opened fire outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, in southwest France, on Monday morning, according to local police and news agencies. Witnesses and officials said three people were killed, two of them children, and two were wounded.

The minister of the interior, Claude Guéant, issued an order to the police, especially in the southwest of France, to intensify security around Jewish schools, according to a press spokesman. The spokesman, Pierre-Henri Brandet, told French news agencies that the shootings occurred outside the Jewish school Ozar Hatora, and that a teacher and two children had been killed. Two other children were wounded, he said.

France has Europe's largest Jewish population. When I was in Israel last week, I heard stories of a wave of real estate purchases by French Jews in various cities. This has been going on for some time, but it seem to have intensified lately. It will probably intensify more now.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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