Sarkozy: 19 arrested in French police raids on suspected Islamic radicals in wake of Toulouse killings
French president compares the effect in France of this month's seven murders by a self-proclaimed Islamic radical to the trauma of the Sep. 11 attacks in the U.S.
(CNN) Paris -- Nineteen people have been arrested in a series of police raids on suspected Islamists, French President Nicolas Sarkozy told French radio Friday morning.
The raids come a week after gunman Mohammed Merah, who killed seven people, was shot dead after a long siege in the southwestern city of Toulouse.
The arrests took place in Toulouse, Marseille, Nantes, Lyon and the Ile de France region, around Paris, the Interior Ministry said.
Authorities have not said that any of those arrested were directly linked to Merah.