The lawyer for the father of the man police shot dead in Toulouse claims to have video proof that Mohamed Merah was needlessly killed.

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Toulouse father: ‘my son was liquidated’

The lawyer for the father of the man police shot dead in Toulouse claims to have video proof that Mohamed Merah was needlessly killed.

Toulouse father: 'my son was liquidated'

In an interview with Le Parisien newspaper, Zahia Mokhtari said she had seen the videos and they proved the police did not want to capture Merah alive.

“What I saw on these videos is proof that Mohamed Merah was manipulated,” she said. “I will be presenting this proof to the French judicial authorities.”

Merah was shot by the elite RAID unit of the French police on March 22nd after he was cornered in a Toulouse apartment block.

Merah was the chief suspect in the murder of three school children and a teacher at a Jewish school in the town, as well as the deaths of three French soldiers.

“They didn’t want him alive,” said the lawyer. “What I’ve seen shows there was a deception and we need to show the truth.”

In the two videos, Merah is alleged to tell police “I’m innocent, why do you want to kill me, I’ve done nothing wrong.”

Mokhtari said she will be in Paris this week to join forces with a French lawyer to launch legal action.

She said the videos were given to her by people “at the heart of events” who wanted to “get the truth out.”

The RAID unit has insisted that it gave Merah every chance to come out alive.

“If an assault was launched, it was by Merah,” said the chief of the unit, Amaury de Hauteclocque.

23-year-old Merah was killed after a 32 hour siege in the apartment block where he was tracked down after the seven killings which took place over three days on March 11th, 15th and 19th.

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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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