Residents in Toulouse have expressed their relief that the siege is over and that hopefully they no longer have to fear a killer is on the loose.
The area around the apartment block where the standoff took place had been evacuated. Now people are returning to their homes.
One woman said Merah had decided to kill himself, that it was his choice from the very beginning.
“We were expecting this. We aren’t very surprised,” she said.
But when asked by a reporter whether she would have preferred him to face trial she said she would have.
The reaction outside the school where three young children and a Rabbi were murdered on Monday was also one of relief. The father of one pupil spoke for many.
“It is clearly a feeling of satisfaction. Today our children can go back to school knowing that this mad man cannot harm them anymore. Quite frankly we’re very satisfied,” said Marc Fridman.
Flowers have been laid outside the school in memory of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, aged 30, his children Gabriel, 3, and Arieh, 6, and 8-year-old Miriam Monsonego the daughter of the school’s principal.