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Toulouse killer to be buried in France: Muslim official

The Islamist gunman branded a “monster” by President Nicolas Sarkozy will be buried in France because Algeria refused to let him be buried there, a Muslim official said Thursday. Abdallah Zekri of the Paris Grand Mosque said Mohamed Merah’s family had asked him to organise a funeral in France after Algeria cited security reasons for rejecting their request…

France urges TV networks not to air shooting videos

President Nicolas Sarkozy and families of the victims urged television networks Tuesday not to broadcast graphic videos shot by an Islamist extremist killer during his shooting spree in southern France. Qatar-based Al-Jazeera said it was considering broadcasting the videos — which include footage shot by Mohamed Merah during his attacks…

French gunman’s brother ‘proud’ of sibling

The older brother of the French gunman who killed seven people said he was “proud” of his sibling and was present when he stole a scooter used to stage three deadly attacks, police said Saturday. The killer Mohamed Merah’s brother Abdelkader was transferred Saturday along with his girlfriend from the…

Pregnant girlfriend to posthumously marry French gunman’s victim

The pregnant girlfriend of one of the French paratroopers murdered by Mohamed Merah is to be allowed to marry him posthumously, the family’s lawyer Gilbert Gollard said Friday. “We have just obtained from the Elysee (President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office) the authorisation for Abel Chennouf’s girlfriend to marry posthumously,” Collard said.…

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