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Young people walk away from the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, on Monday in Toulouse, southwestern France, where at least four people (three of them children) were killed and one seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire. It was the third gun attack in a week by a man who fled on a motorbike. Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way

With Muscular Moves, Sarkozy Aims To Define An Independent France

The French president has long hoped "to lead a risky international mission that holds out promise of ultimate glory," says Harvard's Arthur Goldhammer.

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