Pictured left - Photo: Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, speaks during te opening session of the assembly.
European Parliament members observed a one-minute silence Wednesday for the victims of the recent murders in Toulouse and Montauban, France.
At the opening of a session in Brussels, Parliament’s President Martin Schulz declared that the "callous and cowardly murder of three soldiers, three children and a teacher must strengthen the Parliament's resolve to uphold the values of mutual respect and tolerance."
"Rarely have I experienced such a repellent act" he said, voicing the MEPs' sympathy with the victims' parents and siblings, and condemning "gruesome and cowardly murderers" who take the lives of innocent children in order to propagate their "crazy views".
"Together with the city of Toulouse and its Jewish and Islamic communities we are all called upon to stand by the values of mutual respect and tolerance. There are no political divisions on this point. These values are the foundation of the civilized world", Schulz added.