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Man shoots self in front of toddlers

French police outside of the nursery.

French police outside of the nursery.

PARIS — A man in his 60s has shot himself in front of a dozen children in a corridor of a nursery school in Paris, French officials say.

He is said to have entered the school in the 7th arrondissement close to the Eiffel Tower with a sawn-off shotgun.

The man then turned the weapon on himself and pulled the trigger in front of the children and an adult, Le Parisien newspaper reports.

Police have opened an investigation into the incident.

The incident took place shortly before noon on Thursday as children were leaving the school premises for the lunch break, two police officials told AP news agency.

A dozen children witnessed the shooting, the office of Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said in a statement.

Authorities are establishing a psychological trauma unit to provide support to children and school staff, local media report.

Witnesses told local media the man entered the school “without difficulty”.

The nursery is said to be a private Catholic school located in the rue Cler close to the Eiffel Tower. (BBC)

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