French gunman's brother blames parents in new book

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PARIS (AP) - A brother of the French gunman who killed seven people in March says in a new book and documentary that he and his siblings were raised on anti-Semitism and that his parents helped radicalize his younger brother. 

French media published excerpts Sunday of Abdelghani Merah's book, "My Brother, That Terrorist," due out Wednesday. 

Mohamed Merah killed three Jewish children, a rabbi and three paratroopers before dying in a standoff with police. Another brother faces preliminarily charges in the case and is in custody. 

In the book, Abdelghani writes to Mohamed: "I will explain how my parents raised you in an atmosphere of racism and hate before the Salafists could douse you in religious extremism." 

A documentary featuring interviews with Abdelghani and a sister is to air later Sunday. 

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