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How The Jewish School Killings Could Turn France’s Presidential Election Upside Down

A campaign that was focused on economic struggles and personality comparisons may suddenly shift to the topic of crime and security, which could benefit President Nicolas Sarkozy. There are echoes of the campaign of 2002, marked by a brutal shooting just

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François Hollande meets with members of the Jewish community after the shooting (euronews)
Aurore Gorius

In schools across France on Tuesday, students and teachers observed a rare national moment of silence following the murders of three children and a religion teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse. The entire nation is filled right now with both sorrow and indignation.

Meanwhile, a manhunt has been launched to track down the perpetrator, suspected of also being responsible for the murders last week in the same region of three French soldiers, two Muslims of North African descent and a third of Caribbean origin.

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War In Ukraine, Day 114: Kyiv Targeting Crimea Bridge

The Ukrainian Defense intelligence says it has obtained documents containing detailed technical information about the bridge, which connects Crimea to the Russian mainland since it was built after the 2014 annexation. Kyiv sees it as a key target for its role in Russian logistics.

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Cameron Manley and Emma Albright

Keep your eye on the Crimea bridge. It was Moscow’s signature infrastructure project after it had annexed Crimea in 2014, connecting the peninsula to Russia. The double structure is nearly 12 miles (19 km) across, making it the longest bridge in all of Europe. And now it is on Kyiv’s list of prime targets.

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The Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Intelligence Directorate reported that it had obtained documents containing detailed technical information about the bridge, which been identified as a key target for Ukrainian forces as it is key for Russian logistics.

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