March 30, 2012
The president was accused of being “totally disproportionate” after he compared the three killings in Toulouse this month in terms of their deep impact on the national psyche.
With presidential elections now just three weeks away, Mr Sarkozy’s camp denied claims by some rivals of exploiting the Toulouse attacks to boost his chances of re-election and keep the focus on security – a domain where the French trust him the most.
“What must be understood is that the trauma of Montauban and Toulouse is profound for our country, a little – I don’t want to compare the horrors – a little like the trauma that followed in the United States and in New York after the September 11, 2001 attacks,” he told Europe 1 radio.
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