PARIS (Reuters) - The brother of an al Qaeda-inspired gunman who murdered seven people was questioned at France's domestic intelligence hub in Paris on Saturday after he said he was "proud" of his sibling's killing spree, according to a police source.
President Nicolas Sarkozy met ministers and police chiefs to discuss the consequences of Mohamed Merah's massacre, which has raised troubling national security questions four weeks ahead of a presidential election.
Sarkozy is facing an uphill re-election battle and his chief intelligence adviser sought to head off media questions about the handling of the affair in the southwest city of Toulouse.
Abdelkader Merah, elder brother of the 23-year-old gunman who died in a hail of police gunfire on Thursday, was taken by car from police barracks in Toulouse, where he was first interrogated, for transfer to the capital for more questioning, along with his wife, a judicial source said.
Police found explosives in a car Abdelkader owned, according to the public prosecutor leading the case. He was already known to security services for having helped smuggle jihadist militants into Iraq in 2007, prosecutor Francois Molins said.