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Sarkozy launches siege gunman probe

An investigation is under way to see if the radical Islamic gunman suspected of killing seven French people had any accomplices, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said.

He said that anyone who regularly visits "websites which support terrorism or call for hate or violence will be punished by the law".

The president promised a crackdown on anyone who goes abroad "for the purposes of indoctrination in terrorist ideology".

Sarkozy was speaking soon after Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman, died after a 32-hour siege with police in the southern city of Toulouse.

Merah was suspected of killing three schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers. He had travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan for training.

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