Sarkozy Wants Toulouse ´Monster´ Buried in France (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 03/29/12)
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President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday he wanted Islamic spree
killer Mohamed Merah to be buried in France "without argument".
His remarks came after Algeria refused Merah´s body and Toulouse
mayor Pierre Cohen raised objections to his being buried in the
French city where he committed his crimes.
Merah killed seven people – three French paratroopers of Arab
extraction and four Jewish civilians – in and around Toulouse in
three separate attacks. Cohen said burying him in the city would
Merah was killed by a police sniper as he leapt from a window while
firing on onrushing police special operations personnel seeking to
end a 32-hour standoff. Three police officers were wounded in the
initial exchange of fire that precipitated the long siege.
"He was French. Let him be buried and let´s not have any arguments
about it," Sarkozy told BFMTV news channel in a bid to put the tragic
episode that has eclipsed his re-election bid to rest.
"I´ve said what I think of Mohamed Merah, who behaved in a monstrous
way," Sarkozy said of the Al-Qaeda-inspired gunman.
Sarkozy was responding to Cohen´s call for Merah´s burial at the
southwestern city´s Cornebarrieu cemetery to be delayed a day pending
a decision from the relevant authorities on whether it should go
"Following Algeria´s last minute refusal to accept Mohamed Merah´s
body, Pierre Cohen feels that his burial within the city of Toulouse
is inappropriate. So he has asked the regional prefect to delay the
burial 24 hours," city hall said (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/29/12)
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