Letter from Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic, to Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
Paris, March 19, 2012
Dear Prime Minister,
Like all French people and all Israelis, I was devastated and appalled by the murder of four people, including three children, at Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse this morning.
Given that some of these unfortunate victims also held Israeli nationality, I would like to offer you and all the Israeli people my most sincere and heartfelt condolences.
Rest assured of the French authorities’ utter determination to ensure that the perpetrator of this cowardly, vile act is arrested and sentenced with the all the severity which the seriousness and cruelty of this crime demand.
Visiting the scene of the tragedy in Toulouse this morning, then attending the evening’s remembrance ceremony in a synagogue in Paris, I expressed the solidarity and compassion of the whole French nation and the government’s unshakeable determination not to allow such a crime to go unpunished.
I express my deep sympathy to you in these tragic circumstances. (complimentary close)./.