Alain Juppe (R) 311.
(photo credit: Regis Duvignau / Reuters)
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe met with President Shimon Peres
Wednesday morning in Jerusalem, and expressed France's solidarity with
Israel on the day of the funerals for the four victims of the Toulouse
Jewish school shooting.
The ceremony was scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Juppe said that he had come "in order to express and represent our
solidarity with families of the victims that were killed in this
Peres thanked Juppe for coming to Israel to
attend the funeral, and the two both spoke of the special relationship
between the two countries.
"The blood of both of our nations was
spilled in this murder," the French foreign minister said, stressing
that the entire French nation was mourning the murder on this day,
regardless of religion.
He emphasized the importance of Israeli
security, and said that it would be only a matter of minutes or hours until the
murderer was arrested.
A shootout between French police and a suspect
in the murders was taking place in Toulouse, France. Three police officers were wounded.
"I have no doubt that we will win," said Peres, "because we represent human justice."
A French military plane carrying the bodies of the four victims, Rabbi
Yonatan Sandler, his two children Aryeh, six, and Gavriel, three; and
eight-year-old Miriam Monsonego, arrived in Israel early Wednesday
morning. Jerusalem Post religious affairs reporter Jeremy Sharon will be tweeting live from the ceremony