Sarkozy asks TV channels not to show killings film

PARIS Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:01am EDT

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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy begged television networks on Tuesday not to broadcast video footage filmed by an al Qaeda-inspired gunman of his spate of deadly shootings in southern France this month.

France is still reeling at Mohamed Merah's close-range shootings, a month before a presidential election, of three Jewish children, a rabbi and three soldiers in the southern city of Toulouse.

Qatar-based network Al Jazeera said it was considering whether or not to air the images received at its Paris bureau on a memory stick late on Monday that were filmed by Merah with a camera attached to his body.

(Reporting By Catherine Bremer; Editing by Mark Heinrich)