The father of Norwegian mass killing suspect Anders Behring Breivik has spoken of his shame at his son's actions.

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Suspect’s father ‘will never return to Norway’

The father of Norwegian mass killing suspect Anders Behring Breivik has spoken of his shame at his son's actions.

Suspect's father 'will never return to Norway'
Johannes Grødem

Jens Breivik was speaking to Norwegian TV channel TV2 from his home in Counanel in the southern Languedoc-Roussillon region, where he lives with his second wife Wanda.

The couple are under heavily armed guard after the Norway attacks that left 76 dead.

“He’s very sad. He’s still in a kind of shock and he will never return to Norway because of this,” reporter Elin Sorstahl told waiting journalists after the interview. 

“He is ashamed on behalf of his son. He has not had very much contact with his son. They separated when the boy was fifteen years old and the boy said he wanted to go to the United States and didn’t want to have contact with his father.”

In a separate interview with Swedish daily Expressen, he said his son should have killed himself. “How could he stand there and kill so many innocent people and just seem to think that what he did was in order. He should have taken his own life as well.”

He told the reporter he last heard from his son about ten years ago. “It was a short phone call which was pretty bland,” he said. 

He repeated that he was “full or sorrow and despair” and that he will “live with this shame for the rest of my life.”

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ANDERS BEHRING BREIVIK

French writer under fire over Breivik views

A respected French writer and editor has sparked controversy for his comments on Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, whom he described as "without doubt what Norway deserves".

French writer under fire over Breivik views
Richard Millet at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, in 2010 (Photo: DLSDPM).

Richard Millet, who says he has read all 1,500 pages of Breivik's online manifesto in which the Norwegian lays out his world view, insists that he does not approve of the gunman's crimes.

However, Millet praised Breivik's writing and cry of hatred for social democracy, immigration and multi-culturalism.

"Breivik is without doubt what Norway deserves," wrote Millet in an 18-page pamphlet.

He is "as much a child of a broken family as of an ideological and racial fracture caused by immigration from outside Europe over the last 20 years," added Millet, who has edited several award-winning books in France.

His writing about Breivik has sparked consternation in the literary circles, with one author Annie Ernaux calling the text "a politically dangerous act".

Another author Tahar Ben Jelloun said: "He has lost his head."

Others were less critical.

"He is still my editor," said Alexis Jenni. "I don't want to take any public position on the subject. Millet believes only in literature.

"He is someone who writes marvellously well. His questionable ideas do not reduce his literary qualities," he argued.

Breivik was last week sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing 77 people in a bomb attack and deadly shooting rampage that shook Norway.

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