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.