France to pay national tribute to Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame [fr]
The ceremony of national tribute to Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, killed Friday during the attacks of Carcassonne and Trèbes, in Aude, will be held on Wednesday 28th in France at the Invalides from 11.30 am. The staff of the French Embassy observed today a minute of silence for the victims of the Carcassonne and Trèbes terror attack, in the presence of French Ambassador Marc Abensour and French Senator Jacky Deromedi.
On Friday, 23th March, terrorist attacks took place in Carcassonne and Trèbes (Aude) killing at least four people and wounding fifteen persons, one of them still being in a critical condition.
Lieutenant-Colonel Gendarmerie Arnaud Beltrame, Christian Medves, supermarket’s chief butcher, Hervé Sosna former builder and Jean Mazières, a retired winemaker from the vicinity of Trèbes were killed.
Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame died in the night of March 23 to 24 from the injuries he suffered in the terrorist attack on March 23, in a supermarket in Trèbes. The officer died as he lived, with courage and self-sacrifice.
Among the first arrived in Trèbes to coordinate the operations on a hostage situation in the Super U, Arnaud Beltrame led the negotiation with the terrorist. Listening only to his courage, the gendarmerie officer didnot hesitate to give himself up to the terrorist in exchange for the life of a young woman. Seriously wounded before his comrades could neutralize the terrorist, he died from his wounds on March 24, 2018.
"By his heroic gesture and his sacrifice, in full knowledge of the danger to which he exposed himself, he went to the end of his commitment as a soldier and gendarme, said Army General Richard Lizurey in his tribute to the deceased gendarme. In the name of the Gendarmerie and in my personal name, I express to him our gratitude and our admiration. His sacrifice reminds us of the value of our commitment on a daily basis, to protect the population".