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.
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.