France: National Gendarmerie Director General pays tribute to fallen officer Beltrame

Director General of the National Gendarmerie Richard Lizurey visited the gendarmerie barracks in Carcassonne on Sunday, to pay his respects to the fallen officer Arnaud Beltrame. Lizurey explained that it was «essential» to come and see the gendarmes and staff who were «engaged in the action last Friday who were remarkable during the operation and whose action allowed, I think, to limit the... Еще number of victims.» Lizurey also mentioned he would be visiting Beltrame's wife. Beltrame was among the officers who rushed to the scene when the attacker stormed the supermarket, and managed to switch places with one of the hostages inside the supermarket they were being held in. The gunman, who has been identified as 26-year old Redouane Lakdim, was shot dead after the police raided the supermarket. According to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the incident «appears to be a terrorist act.» The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack. An investigation has reportedly been launched by the anti-terrorist division of the Public Prosecutor's Office in Paris.

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