President Nicolas Sarkozy has paid tribute to French police for their efforts in bringing a 30-hour stand-off with gunman, Mohamed Merah, to an end.
The police launched an assault late last Wednesday on an apartment where the gunman, suspected of killing seven people, was holed up. He was eventually killed in a gunbattle.
The president was speaking at a campaign rally in Rueil Malmaison, east of Paris.
He said: "Our country remained calm, our country was united, including all religions. I would like to thank, this evening, and in the most formal manner, the law enforcement agencies, who during these terrible times, showed their self-control, their courage and efficiency."