France -- Police in Paris say a man has committed suicide by shooting himself in front of a group of children at a nursery school.
According to French media reports the man shot himself in the corridor of the school in the 7th arrondissement.
The man, who according to reports was in his 60s, is not believed to have been affiliated to the school.
Le Parisien reports that the man killed himself with a sawn-off shotgun in front of a group of around a dozen children and one adult at the school near the Invalides monument in central Paris.
The shooting occurred at around midday as children were leaving the school premises for lunch.
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe's office said in a statement that a dozen children witnessed the shooting.
The La Rochefoucauld school is located in the 7th district on Paris' Left Bank, and educates children from nursery school to high school. School officials would not comment.