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How Paris trial shone light on violent, hate-filled world of Merah family

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Zoulikha Aziri, the mother of Mohamed and Kader Merah, on the first day of the trial into the 2012 murders at Toulouse and Montauban. © REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer Zoulikha Aziri, the mother of Mohamed and Kader Merah, on the first day of the trial into the 2012 murders at Toulouse and Montauban. © REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

On Thursday November 2nd, 2017, Abdelkader 'Kader' Merah was cleared of being an accomplice to his brother Mohamed's 2012 murder of three soldiers and four Jewish civilians, including three children, in south-west France, but found guilty of being part of a terrorist conspiracy. Mediapart examines what the trial in Paris revealed about the family from which both men came. As Matthieu Suc reports, it was a family characterised by casual, routine violence and hatred, against a backdrop of anti-Semitism and radical Islam.

Police still waiting to question wounded Paris soldier attack suspect

Hamou Bachir Benlatreche, a 36-year-old Algerian national legally resident in France and who was shot five times during his arrest in northern France on suspicion of carrying out a car-ramming attack on six soldiers in a Paris suburb, is deemed unfit for questioning as he recovers in hospital.

Arrested suspect in Paris atack on soldiers 'is Algerian national'

French media reports said the 36-year-old, who was seriously wounded during his arrest by armed police in northern France hours after six soldiers were mowed down by a car in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, is an Algerian national living close to the French capital who was unknown to French security services but who had a record of petty crime.

Man arrested after soldiers rammed by car in Paris suburb

A man was arrested by police after a shootout on a motorway near Calais on Wednesday when the car he was driving matched the description of that which in the early morning had deliberately rammed six soldiers close to barracks in the Paris suburb of  Levallois-Perret, leaving three of them seriously injured.

France car attacker wanted to become a ‘martyr’

Man who tried to run down soldiers guarding a French mosque wanted to 'appear like a martyr' but police rule out terrorism link.

Man drives car at troops protecting French mosque

An elderly local worshipper and a soldier guarding the mosque at Valence were slightly injured, as was driver after troops opened fire.

French soldiers accused of sexual abuse of minors in Africa

French military say they informed French judicial authorities and have begun moves to suspend the troops, who are serving in Ouagadougou.

French soldiers attacked outside Jewish community centre

Two soldiers were stabbed in the face, the other in the forearm as they patrolled outside centre in Nice; one man was arrested.

France tackles sex assault in military

Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian presents 36-page report and says there will be 'zero tolerance' for assaults and harassment of women recruits.

Hollande arrives in CAR after French soldier’s deaths

President visits Central African Republic following killing of two soldiers in firefight near main airport during French troops' bid to restore calm.

French soldiers killed in Central African Republic

The two soldiers, who were killed in the capital Bangui, are the first French deaths since President Hollande deployed 1,600 troops last week.

Mali conflict: 'Many die' in Ifoghas mountain battle

Chad military says 13 Chadian soldiers and 65 Islamist insurgents have been killed in heavy fighting in the remote part of northern Mali.

Mali conflict: UN backs France's military intervention

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes the intervention will help restore "Mali's constitutional order and territorial integrity".

Second French soldier 'dies after Somalia raid'

Islamist militants say second French soldier was killed during a failed hostage rescue attempt, publishing a purported photograph of the commando.

French soldier killed and hostage feared dead in Somalia

Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says a second soldier is missing after a rescue bid in which commandos swooped on the town of Bulo Marer.