French minister denies shooting suspect arrested

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PARIS (Reuters) - French Interior Minister Claude Gueant denied on Wednesday that a gunman suspected of killing seven people in the name of al Qaeda has been arrested, a ministry spokesman said. "Claude Gueant denies the arrest of the main suspect," interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told Reuters. Earlier, French television channels BFM TV and i-Tele had reported that the suspected killer had been arrested after a nearly 12-hour operation. The suspect remains holed up in an apartment in Toulouse, surrounded by police. ...

An Interior Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Merah had been under surveillance for years for having "fundamentalist" Islamic views.
Epic fail, then.

With all due respect to the victims, but knowing the French way of doing politics: This smells.