It's been one year since French-born extremist Mohamed Merah launched his attacks in the south of France, which left 7 dead, including 3 Jewish children. The mother of soldier Imad Ibn Ziaten, one of his victims, has since launched a nationwide campaign to get parents more involved with their children, to stop them from being radicalised and growing up to become homegrown fanatics. Last week, three French jihadists were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit terrorist acts.
President François Hollande visited Toulouse on Sunday to mark the anniversary of last year’s shootings in which seven people, including three Jewish school children, were killed by a Muslim extremist.
A year after the Toulouse attacks by Mohamed Merah (pictured), French counterterrorism experts are monitoring the practice of "taqiyya" - or deceiving society by concealing one’s faith – and its uses in jihadist circles.
This week, France marks the one-year anniversary of the killings of seven people by self-proclaimed jihadist Mohamed Merah, an event which sent the country reeling and raised questions about the efficacy of French domestic intelligence services.
Almost a year after gunman Mohamed Merah went on a killing spree in south-western France, the Interior Minister admits the intelligence services could have done more to prevent the violence. Next, the government says ready-made meals, withdrawn from shops because they contain horse meat, could be given to charities to feed the poor. Finally, we bring you a report on a French designer who is a huge hit with celebrities: Roland Mouret.
French police arrested two people on Tuesday in connection with a March shooting spree in the southern French cities of Toulouse and Montauban that left seven people dead. The gunman, Mohammed Merah, was later killed in a shootout with police.
France's Muslim community has called on President François Hollande to make "a solemn statement" to stem what it sees as anti-Islam crusades. Libération leads on that and also has an interview with Abdelghani Merah, brother of Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah, who condemns Salafist hatred. We also look at a proposed new "exit tax" on companies that re-locate abroad. That's the focus for this look at the French press on Friday 9th November, 2012.
French papers focus on Netanyahu's visit to France. The French President François Hollande joined the Israeli Prime Minister for a memorial service for the victims of gunman Mohammed Merah in Toulouse on Thursday. Hollande, meanwhile, is not getting any momentum in domestic politics, with people close to him in the ruling Socialists calling on him to show leadership. That's the focus for this look at the French press on Friday 2nd November, 2012.
French authorities on Tuesday made public a scathing report of the country’s domestic intelligence agency, criticising its investigation into the man behind the Toulouse shootings, Mohamed Merah, as a series of failures.