Gunman buried in Toulouse cemetery after row

The burial came after days of painful debate over what to do with the body of 23-year-old Mohamed Merah
The burial came after days of painful debate over what to do with the body of 23-year-old Mohamed Merah Credit: EBU

The body of 23-year-old Mohamed Merah was buried in a cemetery in Toulouse today, after days of debate about what to do with his body.

Merah's father wanted him to be buried in Algeria, but the authorities refused for "reasons of public order."

About twenty men attended the ceremony, cameras were not permitted.
About twenty men attended the ceremony, cameras were not permitted. Credit: EBU

The mayor of Toulouse relented to pressure from the central government in Paris to allow the burial to go ahead in the district.

The shootings were the worst terrorist attacks in France since the 1990s and have revived concerns about homegrown Islamist radicals carrying out violence.

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Toulouse gunman buried

Mohamed Merah, the gunman responsible for France's worst terror attacks in years, has been buried in Toulouse today.