Police: Islamic gunman dead after French standoff


PARIS (AP) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy says an investigation is under way to see if the suspect in a series of radical Islam-inspired killings had any accomplices.

Sarkozy also said that anyone who regularly visits "websites which support terrorism or call for hate or violence will be punished by the law." He promised a crackdown on anyone who goes abroad "for the purposes of indoctrination in terrorist ideology."

He spoke soon after Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman, died after a 32-hour standoff with police in the southern city of Toulouse.

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