School shooting victims honored by Israeli leader

Nov 01, 2012, 6:33 AM EDT
A French demonstrator holds a placard that reads: "No Netanyahu in Toulouse" as another hold a Palestine flag during a demonstration in Toulouse, southwestern France, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.
(AP Photo Bob Edme)

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — A Jewish school targeted by a radical Islamist in the south of France is welcoming the Israeli prime minister and paying homage to victims of the March attack.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Francois Hollande are in Toulouse on Thursday at the school where three children and a young rabbi were shot to death by a Frenchman of Algerian descent.

The gunman, Mohammed Merah, also killed three French paratroopers and later died in a shootout with police.

France has struggled with anti-Semitic attacks in the months since, and the government in October said it dismantled a network of French-born Islamists bent on targeting Jews after a firebomb attack on a kosher grocery.