Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Four Wounded in French School Shooting

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Four Wounded in French School Shooting

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PARIS - A 16-year-old student who had troubled relations with his peers opened fire at a high school in southern France on Thursday, wounding three other students and the principal who tried to intervene.

Police moved into the Alexis de Tocqueville school in the town of Grasse - the country's picturesque perfume capital - and quickly arrested the still-armed suspect, identified by the Interior Ministry spokesman as Killian Barbey. The government minister for victims' affairs, Juliette Meadel, told BFM television there were four people shot -three students and the high school principal.

At a news conference late Thursday afternoon in Grasse, Nadja Vallaud-Belkacem, France's education minister, called the attack "the crazy action of a fragile young man fascinated by weapons."

News of the shooting quickly captured national attention in France, where school shootings are rare and where the authorities are still on high alert after a string of terrorist attacks.

In a separate incident Thursday, a letter bomb exploded in the Paris offices of the International Monetary Fund on Thursday, lightly wounding one person and prompting the French authorities to announce an investigation of the incident as a possible terrorist attack.

The explosion came one day after the German authorities in Berlin discovered a parcel bomb apparently sent by a Greek terrorist organization to the office of the German finance minister, Wolfgang Schuble, and there were indications that the Paris device also was sent from Greece.

Dutch coalition talks

THE HAGUE -Dutch leaders on Thursday began the difficult process of forming a ruling coalition, hours after voters dealt a blow to European anti-immigrant populists with a worse-than-expected result for the insurgent candidate Geert Wilders.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will need at least three other parties to reach a parliamentary majority -a grinding process that is expected to drag on for weeks or even months. …

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