Police have been deployed across high schools in the eastern French region of Strasbourg following internet threats by a young man to stage mass killings and shoot himself, a day after a gruesome suicide at a Paris primary school.
The police also released photographs of the suspect, taken at an Internet cafe from where he posted his threat.
“I live in a certain town where there is a certain high school and on Friday I will leave my mark in history,” the message said. “The lives of many, including mine, will end on this day.”
Officials said 59 high schools in the Strasbourg region had been placed on alert with 750 police officers deployed.
On Thursday, a 50-year-old man with a history of family problems shot himself dead with a sawed-off shotgun in a Paris primary school near the Eiffel Tower, in front of about a dozen stunned children.
Police sources said the man, whose face was partly blown off, had apparently been depressed after separating from his wife in 2009. He had been a longtime resident of the neighbourhood and lived very close to the school.