The Latest: Brother says 2012 suspect 'danger to France'

A French price officer stands in the courtroom where the older brother of a French extremist who killed seven in 2012 will appear in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. The older brother of a French extremist who killed seven people in a series of attacks on a Jewish school and soldiers goes on trial Monday for complicity in the 2012 shooting spree that in retrospect marked the start of an era of homegrown jihadi violence in France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, March 22, 2012, French police officers work outside the apartment of Mohamed Merah, left, in Toulouse, France, where Merah died after a fierce gunfight with police. Soon after Mohammed Merah's life ended in a torrent of explosions and bullets, Latifa Ibn Ziaten the mother of his first victim swore she would devote her life to ensuring that no other parents would suffer as she had, but since then France has endured a series of attacks. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, FILE)
Latifa Ibn Ziaten, mother of Mohammed Merah's first victim, answers the Associated Press in Paris, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Soon after Mohammed Merah's life ended in a torrent of explosions and bullets, Ibn Ziaten swore she would devote her life to ensuring that no other parents would suffer as she had. But since the March 2012 attacks on a Jewish school and paratroopers left seven people dead, France has endured a seemingly endless series of attacks and near-misses from homegrown extremists with the same backstory. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
A general view of the courtroom where the older brother of a French extremist who killed seven in 2012 will appear in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. The older brother of a French extremist who killed seven people in a series of attacks on a Jewish school and soldiers goes on trial Monday for complicity in the 2012 shooting spree that in retrospect marked the start of an era of homegrown jihadi violence in France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
A general view of the courtroom where the older brother of a French extremist who killed seven in 2012 will appear in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. The older brother of a French extremist who killed seven people in a series of attacks on a Jewish school and soldiers goes on trial Monday for complicity in the 2012 shooting spree that in retrospect marked the start of an era of homegrown jihadi violence in France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS — The Latest on the 2012 Toulouse attacks trial (all times local):

1 p.m.

The estranged eldest brother of a man on trial in the 2012 attacks on a Jewish school and soldiers in the south of France says his sibling wants to "bring France to its knees."

Abdelghani Merah's youngest brother Mohammed killed seven people in the Toulouse region and ushered in a new era of homegrown jihadi attacks. Mohammed Merah died in a police shootout.

A third brother, Abdelkader, is on trial on terrorism charges.

The eldest Merah told Europe 1 radio said that "there is in this doctrine a point of no-return. Abdelkader Merah has long since crossed it," ''If he ever gets out he will remain a danger to France."

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10:25 a.m.

The first trial in a new era of homegrown jihadi attacks in France has opened in a Paris court under tight security.

The main defendant is a brother of Islamic radical Mohammed Merah, who killed seven people in attacks on a Jewish school and soldiers in the Toulouse region of southern France in 2012.

Mohammed Merah was killed in a shootout with police, and the trial of his brother Abdelkader is the first time a French court is publicly examining the attacks.

Abdelkader Merah, accused of complicity in terrorist murders, entered the courtroom Monday dressed all in white, with a long beard and ponytail. He faces up to life in prison if convicted. He denies wrongdoing.

A verdict is expected in early November.

Three Jewish children, a teacher and three paratroopers, including two Muslims, were killed over nine days, rocking France. Other similar jihadi attacks followed in subsequent years.

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8:30 a.m.

The older brother of a French extremist who killed seven people in a series of attacks on a Jewish school and soldiers goes on trial for complicity in the 2012 shooting spree.

Monday's criminal trial of 35-year-old Abdelkader Merah will be the first time a French court considers charges in the attacks that took the lives of three Jewish children, a teacher and three paratroopers, over nine days in the Toulouse region.

The gunman, 23-year-old Mohammed Merah died after a 32-hour televised standoff with France's police special forces. Abdelkader Merah has denied helping his brother prepare for or perpetuate his deadly rampage.

Defense lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti says the older Merah was charged with complicity to terror and sent to trial "by default" because the actual killer was dead.

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