Mohammed Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, who is suspected of being behind  a recent spate of shootings around Toulouse, is currently inside a block of flats that is surrounded by police.
The 23-year-old is suspected of killing three soldiers and four Jewish people, all of which occurred in and around Toulouse in three separate incidents earlier this month.

On 11 March, a soldier was shot and killed after replying to an advertisement offering a motorcycle for sale.

Days later, two soldiers were shot and killed and a third was wounded while waiting for money from a cash machine.

And earlier this week, three children and an adult were shot and killed outside a Jewish school.

Earlier today, France’s interior minister, Claude Gueant, denied reports that security forces had arrested their suspect.