The killer said becoming radicalized and reading the Koran inspired him, but French president Sarkozy said the Muslim faith had nothing to do with the killings.
3/22/12, "Toulouse siege: live," UK Telegraph, By Murray Wardrop, Chris Irvine, Raf Sanchez and Amy Willis
"12.44 President Nicolas Sarkozy warned that those who visit extemist websites will be severely punished:
France has shown its indignation and grit but has not allowed anger to take over.
The Muslim faith has nothing to do with the insane acts of this man. Before targeting Jewish children, he targeted other Muslims.
We must be implacable in defending our values. We will not allow this ideology to affect us."...
14.30 Prosecutor Francois Molins says police did everything possible to take Merah alive, which led to five officers being wounded:
We did everything we could to seize him alive but when we tried to move into the flat, we knew he would fight to the death. He resisted everything we had thrown at him for the last 32 hours. He was entirely determined that when police came into the apartment he came out and shot at them....
He added that Merah had told police he was radicalised while in prison, during which time he began reading the Koran."...
Sarkozy refuses to blame Islam, says you are bad if you blame Islam, even though the killer explained quite clearly it was Islam as does this article: Sarkozy: ""These crimes were not the work of a madman. A madman is irresponsible. These crimes were the work of a fanatic and a monster," he said later.
"To look for an explanation... would be a moral fault.""
3/22/12, "Toulouse shooting: killer 'was on US no-fly list'," UK Telegraph, Henry Samuels
"The scooter-driving gunman filmed all his murders with a mini-camera, and can be heard shouting "Alluha Akbar" and "You killed my brothers, I kill you" in two of the shootings....
He told authorities he had been trained by Al-Qaeda on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Claude Guéant, the Interior minister admitted that he had been under surveillance "for several years", adding he had never "shown any sign of preparing criminal acts" at the outset of the seige.
Increasingly damning evidence suggested France was aware Mr Mehar posed a threat.
French intelligence had previously alerted security services in Spain that Mr Merah was planning to travel to the Costa Brava to attend a meeting of Islamist activists, suggesting they considered him dangerous.
The warning said that he was probably on his way to attend a suspected Salafist congress.
The prosecutor said that he had been arrested by Afghan police in 2010 in Kandahar and handed over to US army troops, who put him on a flight back to France – a claim US military did not confirm on Thursday.
When questioned last November by French intelligence about his foreign journeys, Mr Mehar managed to palm off agents with photos, saying he had been
- on a"tourist trip".
His older brother, Abdelukar, 29, currently under arrest, had been in 2007 implicated in a Jihad network in Iraq but never charged....
Reports yesterday that in 2010 Mr Merah forced a teenager to watch videos of Al-Qaeda hostage beheadings and executions. When the boy's mother filed a legal complaint, Mr Merah allegedly appeared with a sword shouting "al Qaeda" and attacked her, putting her in hospital for several days. She insisted the police did nothing."...
Ed. note: France is being run by a madman. Everyone except Muslims should leave France.
via Atlas Shrugs