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France: Public outcry after TV station airs final recordings of Toulouse shooter

TF1, which refuses to reveal how it obtained the tapes, has defended its decision to broadcast them.

Toulouse hostages: 'Al Qaeda' gunman wounded as police storm bank

All of the hostages were released unharmed and the gunman was arrested.

Chatter: French anti-terror police arrest Islamist suspects

Police in France have arrested 19 suspects and seized a number of weapons in a series of dawn raids designed to "dismantle terrorist networks."
Graphic. (Antler Agency/GlobalPost)
Police in France have arrested 19 suspected Islamist radicals in a series of dawn raids. 

The arrests were made several cities, including Toulouse – though police say there is no direct link with Mohammed Merah, the self-proclaimed member of Al Qaeda who shot dead seven people in or near the southern city.


Gunman Mohammed Merah buried in Toulouse after Algeria rejected body (UPDATED)

"The main thing now is to bury him and stop talking about him," said an official in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Al Jazeera: Toulouse shooting video will not be aired

"You can hear the shots and the cries of the victims," according to an Al Jazeera journalist who saw the video.
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Leaders of France's Jewish and Muslim communities met with President Nicolas Sarkozy today. The shootings in Toulouse at a Jewish school on Monday by Muslim fanatic has shocked the whole country and leaders from every level of society are trying to show solidarity. (Franck Prevel/AFP/Getty Images)

The suspect is cornered. As I write this it seems only a matter of time before he either gives himself up or ends things in a suicide by cop action.

But it is clear that this event is, in the words of French political commentator Agnes Poirier, "France's 7/7." July 7th, 2005 was the day jihadi suicide bombers killed more than 50 people in London.


Profile of Mohammed Merah, Toulouse shooting suspect

The suspect reportedly told police that he wanted to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and punish the French military for its operations overseas.
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Police forensic teams working outside the Jewish school in Toulouse where three children and a rabbi were murdered today. (ERIC CABANIS/AFP/Getty Images)

We know the where, when and how but what yokes together the drive-by assassinations of paratroopers from immigrant backgrounds and a rabbi and three Jewish school children?

This post is likely to be superseded by events but it is important to summarize what is known seven hours after today's killings (thanks to the BBC):

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