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The mother of the man accused of killing seven people in a gun rampage in France is set to be released, while his brother has been transferred in police custody to Paris, an official said today.

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Intent on murder to the last: Toulouse scooter assassin dies in hail of gunfire

Serial killer shot as he leapt from window firing weapon

A police officer near the flats where Mohamed Merah was trapped

Security services had been tracking suspect Mohamed Merah since 2008

Mohamed Merah, the man suspected of the Toulouse killings, had been on a French security service "watch list" since 2008. He and his older brother, Abdelkader, have been on a list of possible suspects since the first in a series of three attacks and seven killings in eight days.

A TV grab by French TV of the killer, Mohamed Merah

Serial killer reveals why he struck at Toulouse school

'Scooter assassin' tells police he targeted children out of frustration after failing to find soldier he planned to kill

French Police officers and firefighters stand at night next to the apartment building where the suspect in the shooting at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school is still barricaded

French riot police pressure gunman to surrender

Riot police set off explosions outside an apartment building early this morning in an effort to force the surrender of a gunman who boasted of bringing France "to its knees" with an al-Qai'da-linked terror spree that killed seven people.

French police in mass hunt for school killer

Thousands of French police were today hunting for the Jewish school killer described by the country's president as "a monster on the loose".

Policemen stand guard in front of the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school today

'Every officer' mobilised in hunt for man who struck at Jewish school

One of the biggest manhunts in French history was under way last night after a gunman attacked a Jewish school in Toulouse and coldly murdered a teacher and three small children at point-blank range.

Floral tributes at Montauban

France in the grip of grief and terror

One of the biggest manhunts in French history was under way last night after a gunman attacked a Jewish school in Toulouse, coldly murdering a teacher and three children.

Investigators baffled by killings of French soldiers

The French government tried yesterday to play down the possibility of an Afghan or Islamist terrorist connection to the shootings of four soldiers on the streets over the past week. Other possibilities, including racially motivated crimes, are being studied by investigators.

France ring changes for Wales clash

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made five changes and one positional switch for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff.

David Flatman: French flair is just a fluke – give me the scrummaging

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Vendor offers value in Festival markets

At the best of times, it can be hard enough to find the lane that climbs up to the stables at Barbury Castle. On a morning when the old hangars and airfield fences loom and recede in the fog, it feels as though Nature herself is conspiring in the sequestration of one of the strongest Cheltenham teams in the land. Those who eventually obtain his lair, however, find Alan King providing all the illumination necessary.

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French implant boss jailed after missing bail payments

The boss of the French company which made defective breast implants fitted in up to 500,000 women across 65 countries has been jailed after failing to pay his bail.

Francois Trinh-Duc, along with Morgan Parra, paid the price for an erratic display at home to Ireland

France drop Trinh-Duc and Parra for England clash

France half-backs Francois Trinh-Duc and Morgan Parra have been dropped for the RBS 6 Nations clash against England in Paris on Sunday.

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Warburton in doubt for 'decider'

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