It had everything to do with it (which is why Sarkozy must deny it, because it is that evident). When will this delusional denial stop? Civilizational suicide.
President Sarkozy says:
France has shown its indignation and grit but has not allowed anger to take over.
The Muslim faith has nothing to do with the insane acts of this man. Before targeting Jewish children, he targeted other Muslims.
He targeted Muslim soldiers in the French army. They were not fighting for jihad. They were fighting for the infidel -- that's why they were targted. Because they were apostates in the eyes of devout Muslims. Mohamed Merah was killing French soldiers, and according to authentic Islamic teaching, the worst kind of traitor, the Muslim French soldier.
We must be implacable in defending our values. We will not allow this ideology to affect us.
From now on, any person who habitually consults websites that advocate terrorism or that call for hatred and violence will be punished by the law.
France will not tolerate forced recruitment or ideological indoctrination on its soil. (Telegraph)
And what, genius, is the motivation behind those websites and forums? What is the inspiration? What are the teachings and hadiths and texts that are being cited?