Hollande Marks 1st Anniversary of Toulouse Attacks

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An official memorial was held on Sunday in Toulouse, France, commemorating the first anniversary of the deaths of seven civilians, among them four Jews, killed by terrorist Mohamed Merah.

On March 17, 2012, Merah, a young Franco-Algerian Islamist, launched a series of deadly attacks over several days, killing three soldiers, a rabbi and his two children, and a third Jewish child. The four Jewish victims were killed at the Toulouse Jewish school then known as Otzar HaTorah.

The school has since changed its name to Ohr HaTorah in honor of the victims of the attack.

Soon after the attack on the school, authorities found Merah and killed him during a standoff outside his apartment.

The memorial held on Sunday was attended by French President Francois Hollande, whose offices in Elysee Palace described the event as “a moment of prayer over a moment of reverence for the whole nation.”

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