European leaders pay homage at Brussels Jewish Museum
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European leaders pay homage at Brussels Jewish Museum

Following attack, France's President Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi meet with Jewish leaders at site

(From L-R) Leader of Rome Jewish community, Ricardo Pacifici, Minister of Justice Annemie Turtelboom, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, French President Francois Hollande and Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo pay tribute to the victims of a shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels, on May 27, 2014. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / BELGA / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK)
(From L-R) Leader of Rome Jewish community, Ricardo Pacifici, Minister of Justice Annemie Turtelboom, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, French President Francois Hollande and Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo pay tribute to the victims of a shooting at a Jewish museum in Brussels, on May 27, 2014. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO / BELGA / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK)

The leaders of France and Italy joined Belgium’s Elio Di Rupo on Tuesday to pay homage to the victims of a fatal weekend attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, in Brussels to attend an informal EU summit, met Jewish leaders outside the museum and then bowed their heads in tribute to a rabbi’s prayer.

The three Socialist leaders were joined by European Parliament speaker Martin Schulz, a German Socialist.

Belgium investigators are probing a possible terrorist link in the shooting by a lone gunman that has shocked the world.

The attack — carried out coolly by a “well-prepared” killer, according to police and video images — killed four people.

It was the first for more than 30 years in Belgium and has revived fears of a return of violent anti-Semitism to Europe.

The museum in the heart of Brussels has been closed as investigators continue their inquiry.

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