Mohammed Merah, the 23-year-old French citizen of North African descent, died during a police raid Thursday morning, some 32 hours after a standoff began with police. Merah is suspected of killing seven people in Toulouse in a series of violent shootings.
President Nicolas Sarkozy has come out hard against immigration to France, threatening to halve the number of non-French let in. Some critics of the French president argue that rhetoric has fueled an atmosphere where race-based killings are more likely.
A new bill in France makes it a crime to deny genocide in France. The Turkish government is outraged because the law also makes it a crime to deny that the Ottoman Turks massacred millions of Armenians during World War I.