France’s Xenophobia

A gunman shot four people outside of a school in Toulouse, France today.

Four people, three of them children, were killed when a gunman opened fire outside a Jewish school in southwest France on Monday, the local prosecutor said, raising a previous toll of three dead.   “He shot at everything he could see, children and adults, and some children were chased into the school,” Michel Valet, the local prosecutor, told journalists, saying the death toll stood at four dead, including three children. He said the children were aged three, six and 10.   Witnesses and parents of pupils said earlier that a teacher and his two children were among the victims in the city of Toulouse, in the third gun attack in a week in the region by a man who fled on a motorbike.  Interior Minister Claude Gueant ordered security to be tightened around all Jewish schools in France after the attack at Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse.

France has become increasingly xenophobic and the madness of this shooting reminds me of the dangers of institutionalized racism the sort of which we’re observing presently in that country.  It isn’t merely Muslims who are targeted when xenophobia rears its ugly head, it’s every ‘outsider’.  This is a disturbing trend.

Mind you, race might not have been the motive in this sick crime- but chances are pretty good that it’s a safe bet it was.