Mohammed Merah

The Toulouse killings: why was the radical right suspected at first?

On Monday March 19 people began to suspect the extreme right of being responsible for the Toulouse massacre. By Wednesday March 21, debate settled on how Marine Le Pen might benefit from the fact that the alleged killer was an Islamist. Such a striking reversal of positions begs for some explanation. Why was an extreme right perpetrator seen as a likely lead? How does the Front National address issues of political violence? How did Marine Le Pen react to these events?

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MOHAMMED MERAH, ALLEGED MURDERER OF SEVERAL MUSLIM FRENCH SOLDIERS AND JEWS, IS PART OF FRANCE’S MUSLIM EXTREMIST-CHRISTIAN NEO-

Mohammed Merah, the alleged murderer of several Muslim French soldiers and Jews, was just killed by a sniper with a shot to the head following a 32-hour standoff with police in Toulouse, France. One of the most salient facts about the killer, a professed Islamic radical seeking to avenge various indignities committed against Muslims by the West, is that he was a member of an outlawed French Salafist group called Forsanne Alizza, or the Knights of Pride.

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