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      French Ambassador to Israel: France on 'Highest Alert'

      France’s Ambassador to Israel, Christophe Bigot, in Knesset: France is on the highest alert following brutal murders in Toulouse.
      By Elad Benari & Hezki Ezra
      First Publish: 3/21/2012, 4:42 AM

      France’s Ambassador to Israel, Christophe Bigot, took part in a special discussion held on Tuesday by the Knesset’s Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Committee, headed by MK Danny Danon (Likud).

      The committee’s special session took place one day after the brutal murder of four people in the Otzar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse.

      During the discussion, Bigot strongly condemned the attack on innocent civilians and, according to a report in the Ma’ariv newspaper, said, “This is a barbaric act, a violation of human rights and of democratic values ​​and a threat to French society.”

      Bigot expressed condolences to the families and noted that the victims included both Israelis and French citizens.

      “The shocking murder in Toulouse was a big shock for France and was followed by a whole wave of solidarity and empathy which engulfed the Jewish community, and condemnations came from all across the political spectrum,” Ma’ariv quoted Bigot as having said.

      He added, “There is the highest level of security alert in France. That means security, of course, around school, synagogues, and public places. To my knowledge, this is the first time we’ve had this high level of alert.”

      “There couldn’t be more mobilization, both in terms of leaders, street, people and security forces,” said Bigot.