Embarassed officials explain why four year-old girl was left hiding under her dead mother eight hours after police found murder victims' car.
Two young girls are the only survivors of a shooting attack on a holidaying family from Britain that left four dead in woodland in the French Alps.
Police had no grounds on which to arrest gunman Mohammed Merah before he carried out three attacks in which seven people died, says PM.
Fears of more attacks as senior commander with Al Qaeda-affiliated group says five of them have already completed ther training and left.
The shooting of a rabbi and three young children at a Jewish school in Toulouse in south-west France and the earlier killing of three off-duty French soldiers have shocked the nation. These tragic events occurred as the presidential election entered its final month, forcing the candidates to reconsider their strategies. Some chose to suspend their campaign, others carried on electioneering. Lénaïg Bredoux, Ellen Salvi and Marine Turchi report.
French police have surrounded a house where a man suspected of a series of deadly shootings in Toulouse and Montauban is holed up.
Centrist candidate Francois Bayrou has refused to join other candidates in halting his campaign after the killing of four people at a school.
France effectively put its election campaign on hold after a gunman killed three children and a teacher at a Jewish school.