Suspect reportedly arrested after school shooting in France

The French govt has launched a terrorist attack warning after a gunman reportedly opened fire at a college

People embrace near the Tocqueville secondary school after a shooting incident injuring at least eight people, in Grasse, southern France, yesterday.

A 16-year-old student opened fire at a high school in southern France, wounding two other students and the principal trying to intervene, officials have said.

One person has been arrested after a shooting at a high school in south-east France, authorities said Thursday.

The government sent out a warning through its mobile app, the BBC reported.

A student armed with several weapons has attacked a high school in the French town of Grasse.

Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told reporters on Thursday afternoon the suspect was "fragile".

The shooting comes less than six weeks ahead of a two-round presidential election on April 23 and May 7.

Police are urging people to avoid the area.

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The town of Grasse, just 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the French Riviera resort of Nice, is a quiet hillside town with a population of some 50,000 is famous for its perfume industry. None of the injuries was life-threatening.

Interviewed on France's BFM Television, Andréas, another student at the school, described a scene of "total panic" that began with four shots. We didn't think it was an attack.

Pupils in all schools in Grasse have been confined indoors.

Schools in the small town of Grasse were placed under lockdown after the incident, Emmanuel Ethis, the regional educational chief, said on Twitter.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the vast majority of these attacks.

A 17-year old student carrying a rifle, handguns and grenades was arrested, police sources added.

Separately in Paris, an employee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was injured in the face and arms when a letter bomb posted to the world lender's local office blew up as she opened it, police said.

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