A man who met the Toulouse gunman, Mohammed Merah, at a nightclub just weeks before the shootings has said that he appeared to be a "normal young man". Mehdi Nedder, 31, said:
Three weeks ago he was in at a nightclub...This morning I hear we're talking about Al Qaeda. How can you change like that in three weeks?
Another acquaintance who only identified himself by his first name, Kamel, said:
[Merah] was respectful and generous...We never spoke about weapons, religion or politics, but cars, bikes, girls and sports.
The brother of gunman Mohamed Merah is being held by French police, following the discovery of explosives in his car.
It seemed to have been a text-book operation - but now it looks like a catalogue of mistakes
Mohamed Merah, the gunman who killed seven people in Toulouse has been shot dead by police after a 32-hour siege.