Welcome to the BBC's live coverage of the ongoing stand-off outside a building in Toulouse where French police have been trying to negotiate the surrender of a man they suspect to be behind the killing of a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school on Monday and three soldiers last week.
The suspect's first name is Mohamed. He was indentified thanks to the e-mail message he sent to his first victim, a soldier who was selling a motorcycle, says the BBC's Hugh Schofield.
The man inside the building where the operation is taking place has claimed affiliation to al-Qaeda, Interior Minister Claude Gueant told reporters.
The BBC's Christian Fraser is several hundred metres from the block of flats where police have the suspect surrounded. Anti-terror police raided the flat in the early hours but were met by gunfire. Two policemen were lightly wounded. Negotiations are now said to be taking place.
French media are reporting that the suspect tried to have the scooter he used in the attacks repainted after the first two - providing police with an important clue that helped trace him.
Though French police have sealed off the area around the block of flats in Toulouse where the suspect is, residents of the area have not been evacuated.
The suspect, believed to be named Mohamed, is thought to be a 24-year-old French national. Officials say they believe he had travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan for training in militant camps.
The man in Toulouse is suspected in the killing of three French soldiers and three school-children and a teacher - in three separate attacks. The children and the teacher had joint French-Israeli citizenship. Their bodies have now arrived in Israel for burial.