French PM: New anti-terrorism bill on tap

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Flowers and a teddy bear are laid outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, in Toulouse, France, Friday March 23, 2012 after three children and a rabbi gunned down on Monday. Inspired by radical Islam and trained in Afghanistan, the gunman methodically killed French schoolchildren, a rabbi and paratroopers and faced down hundreds of police for 32 hours. Then he leapt out a window as he rained down gunfire and was fatally shot in the head. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister says the conservative government is working on new anti-terrorism legislation after a killing spree by a radical Islamist gunman who was later shot dead following a standoff with police.

Francois Fillon says a bill would be drafted within two weeks, and the government will consult with leaders of the Senate, which is controlled by the opposition.

Fillon told RTL radio Friday that authorities "at no moment" suspected Mohamed Merah would be dangerous despite a long criminal record.

Merah, 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, was suspected in the killing of three paratroopers, a rabbi and three Jewish children in three shootings since March 11. He died Thursday following a shootout with police.