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Profile: how petty criminal turned into suspected child killer

Suspected jihadi serial killer Mohamed Merah is a 23-year-old French petty criminal of Algerian origin who spent time in Pakistan and Afghanistan and claims to be an Al-Qaeda militant.

Shootings ignite presidential terror debate

Shootings ignite presidential terror debate

The self-declared Al-Qaeda fighter holed up in a besieged flat in southern France on Wednesday has forced the issue of Islamist terror to the heart of the French presidential race.

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‘Gunman’: I’ll post videos of shooting on web

 

French police said Wednesday they were probing a call made to a news channel by a man claiming to be the killer of seven people, who said footage of the attacks would soon be on the Internet.

 

Terrorism will not divide France: Sarkozy

Terrorism will not divide France: Sarkozy

President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday that acts of terror would not succeed in dividing France, home to the biggest Muslim and Jewish communities in western Europe.

Islamic chief: Don’t stigmatise Muslims

Islamic chief: Don’t stigmatise Muslims

The rector of Paris' Grand Mosque urged France not to stigmatise its Muslim citizens on Wednesday in the wake of deadly shootings allegedly carried out by a man claiming to be an Al-Qaeda member.

Swim champ in Twitter row over Toulouse

Swim champ in Twitter row over Toulouse

French Olympic swimming champion Laure Manaudou suspended her Twitter account after receiving critical and sarcastic replies to remarks she made about the shootings in Toulouse.

Spate of window jumpings in Paris suburb

Spate of window jumpings in Paris suburb

A third person has jumped from a window in a Paris housing estate where two other people, including a nine-year-old girl, have leapt to their death in the last ten days.

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Bomb explodes outside Indonesian embassy

A homemade bomb exploded outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris early on Wednesday, causing some serious damage but no injuries, a source close to the enquiry said.

Residents evacuated as police surround house

Residents evacuated as police surround house

Police have evacuated residents of a building in Toulouse where they are besieging a suspected Islamist holed up after a series of deadly shootings, an AFP reporter said.