France honours 'hero' officer who took place of hostage

2018-03-25 12:01
A photo of Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame is placed on a bunch of flowers at the main gate of the Police headquarters in Carcassonne. (Emilio Morenatti, AP)

A photo of Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame is placed on a bunch of flowers at the main gate of the Police headquarters in Carcassonne. (Emilio Morenatti, AP)

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Tributes are pouring in for a French police officer who died saving the lives of hostages in a supermarket siege in southern France on Friday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 44, who willingly took the place of a hostage during a standoff with a gunman, died of injuries suffered in the incident early on Saturday.

The gunman, identified by prosecutors as Redouane Lakdim, who went on a shooting spree and took several people hostage, was killed and a second suspect has been arrested.

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