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Al-Jazeera ‘could broadcast’ killer’s videos

The Al-Jazeera news network has not ruled out broadcasting videos shot by an Islamist extremist killer in southern France and will decide Tuesday, its Paris bureau chief said.

Al-Jazeera 'could broadcast' killer's videos

“We are not a sensationalist network. We are not looking to broadcast images without measuring the risks and consequences,” the bureau chief, Zied Tarrouche, told French news network BFM-TV.

“This is why management will decide today during a meeting in Qatar whether to broadcast this video or not,” he said. “We should know in a few hours.”

French police said Monday they had copies of the videos, shot by Mohamed Merah during his killing spree that left seven dead, that had been sent on a USB memory stick to Al-Jazeera’s office.

Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, had previously boasted of filming his killings and witnesses had told police that he appeared to be wearing a video camera in a chest harness.

A police source said investigators had been passed the footage that had been sent to Al-Jazeera, a Qatar-based news network that is watched throughout the Arab world.

Merah was killed in a shoot-out with police on Thursday at the end of a 32-hour siege of his apartment in Toulouse.

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New flights to south of France launched by Jet2

The low-cost British airline Jet2 has announced it will begin operating new services between the UK and southern France, starting in the summer of 2022.

New flights to south of France launched by Jet2
Flights will operate from May 1st 2022. Photo: AFP

When travelling is possible again, getting to Toulouse from the north-west of England is set to become much easier with the launch of new flights from Manchester Airport.

Jet2 already flies to Bergerac, La Rochelle and Nice. The company announced the new destination in response to demand for summer 2022 holidays.

Flights to the “Pink City” in south west France will operate from May 1st until October 16th 2022.

“Since putting our Summer 2022 programme on sale from Manchester Airport, we have added a significant number of flights and destinations in response to the demand from customers who want to get their all-important holidays booked in,” Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said in a press release.

Since the British government announced a lockdown roadmap on Tuesday, with plans to end England restrictions by June 21st, the company has begun to see a surge in bookings.

READ ALSO: Will summer holidays in France be possible this year?

However the present rules on entry into France from the UK are the strictest they have ever been, with virtually no travel allowed between the two countries and no end-date to the current restrictions.

Jet2 plans to reopen its services in mid-May.

“Following the UK government announcement that international travel will not return until May 17th 2021 at the earliest, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 16th May 2021,” Jet2 said on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/jet2tweets/status/1364188796506562561

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