French Foreign Minister: France is determined to fight terrorism and anti-Semitism
Speaking after the funeral for Toulouse shooting victims in Jerusalem, Alain Juppe says France is doing everything it can to restore full safety in schools and synagogues.
"France is determined to fight terrorism and anti-Semitism - which stand in total contrast to the values of our republic - with all its might," said French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Wednesday.
He was speaking after the funeral for the four victims of a shooting attack on Monday outside the Jewish school Ozar Hatorah in Toulouse, France.
Juppe said he had come to Israel for the funeral at the request of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who sent him to "express the French nation's solidarity with the bereaved families and with the entire Israeli people."
"France is doing everything and will do everything so that there will be full safety in schools and synagogues, so that a criminal act such as this will never happen again,” Juppe said at the ceremony.
According to Juppe, the French government issued an "unequivocal order" immediately following the attack to find its perpetrators as quickly as possible. He added that, until the attack, anti-Semitism in France had been falling.
Ahead of the funeral, Juppe met with President Shimon Peres, who thanked him for standing in solidarity with Israel at a difficult moment.
"Your arrival and the actions of President Sarkozy during these difficult events prove that Israel and France are on the same front in search of peace and all-out war against terrorism,” Peres said.
Several Israeli government ministers, including Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman, Religious Services Minister Yaakov Margi and Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman, also attended the funeral.