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By JOHANNA DECORSE, Associated Press

TOULOUSE, France (AP) - A French Jewish leader says the gunman suspected in seven recent killings and claiming allegiance to al-Qaida was about to strike again.

Marc Sztulman of Jewish group CRIF said President Nicolas Sarkozy told community leaders the suspect was ready to attack again Wednesday morning, before French police decided to surround his apartment building in the southwestern city of Toulouse.

Twelve hours into the standoff between the gunman and police, Sarkozy said the suspect is still "surrounded by the forces of order."

Sarkozy was speaking at a ceremony in nearby Montauban honoring three paratroopers killed in two attacks over the last 10 days. He described the killings as a "terrorist execution."

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