Juppe: Police not at fault for not arresting suspect sooner

March 21, 2012 16:29

There was no way French security forces could have arrested the man believed to have carried out the fatal shooting at the Jewish school in Toulouse prior to the attack, said French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Wednesday.

"It's true that there are all sorts of lists of people who may be suspect in this or that event because of their ties to terror groups," Juppe said through a translator. "However, the link between this man - who was indeed on the list - and the attacks... that link was made only on Monday night and could have been made only after the attack."

Speaking to press at the French Ambassador's Residence in Jaffa, the minister praised French security forces saying they did everything they could to speedily arrest the suspect believed to have committed the "acts of barbarism" at Ozar Hatorah which left four people - a teacher, his two children and another child - dead.

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