The Toulouse murders and the operation of the alleged killer might bring additional political scores to Nicolas Sarkozy ahead of the future presidential elections, writer Diana Johnstone told RT.Kurt Nimmo: "Sarkozy: Prosecute and Imprison Readers of "Extremist" Websites," March 23, 2012:
"He [Sarkozy] has completely dominated the television screens for a couple of days as a result of this and shoved the other candidates into the shadows at the time when it was supposed to be the beginning of the campaign," she said. "So as a matter of fact, Sarkozy just by being present everywhere has already profited from this."
French president Nicolas Sarkozy didn't wait long to exploit the terror rampage of Mohammed Merah. Soon after Merah's death in a stand-off with police, Sarkozy said French citizens who visit "extremist" websites should be treated the same way as those who look at child pornography.
"Trying to criminalize a visit - a simple visit - to a website, that's something that seems disproportionate," Lucie Morillon of Reporters Without Borders told the Associated Press.
Morillon noted that in order for Sarkozy's law to be enforced, the internet would require new surveillance technology. "What's especially worrying for us is how you are going to know who's looking at what site. Does this announcement mean the installation of a global Internet surveillance system in France?" Morillon said.