The radicalisation of the French gunman who killed seven people on an eight-day shooting spree this spring began at home, his brother has said in a new book .
Mohamed Merah killed three Jewish children, a rabbi and three paratroopers in and around the southern city of Toulouse in March before dying in a stand-off with police. Merah claimed links to al-Qaeda and said he had received training at an Islamist paramilitary camp in Pakistan.
The attacks raised painful questions about whether France was failing to integrate the children of Muslim immigrants, like the Merahs, who are of Algerian origin.
But a new book by one of Merah’s brother, Abdelghani, says his parents, particularly his mother, are responsible for the radicalisation.
According to excerpts published in Le Figaro and other newspapers yesterday, Abdelghani vowed to tell the world how he and his brother were raised on anti-Semitism.
“I will explain how my parents raised you in an atmosphere of racism and hate before the Salafis could douse you in religious extremism,” he writes in My brother, that terrorist.