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Opening of the session

European Parliament president Martin Schulz led MEPs in a minute's silence to pay tribute to the victims of the recent shootings in Toulouse and Montauban in France, during the opening of the mini-plenary session on 28 March 2012.

Referring to the attack on a Jewish school, he said that "losing a child is the most awful thing in life".

He condemned the the use of children to "propagate the crazy views of these murderers".

A total of seven people were killed in the two attacks.

Useful links:

Democracy Live's guide to how the plenary sessions work.

A disclaimer on the use of simultaneous interpretations, on the European Parliament's website.

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