Proud mother of slain French police hero calls for tolerance

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Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, 45, died Saturday, one day after he was shot in the neck after he took the place of a woman being held hostage by the gunman, according to multiple news outlets.

Beltrame died of his wounds early Saturday, becoming the fourth victim in the shooting spree.

A national tribute is to take place at a later date for Lt Col Beltrane, who President Emmanuel Macron said had died a hero and deserved the respect and admiration of the whole nation.

Local prosecutor David Pamart said last night: "Stephane Poussier is in custody since 11:30 this morning for justifying acts of terrorism after comments published yesterday on his Twitter account".

Beltrame was shot in the throat at the end of a four-hour supermarket siege in the quiet town of Trebes, near Carcassonne, in southern France on Friday.

Prosecutors are reportedly questioning two people in connection with the attacks, one of whom is thought to be the gunman's partner while the other is believed to be a friend.

Investigators found notes at his home which refer to Daesh, a legal source said, including a hand-written letter in which he claimed allegiance to the militant group.

A small-time drug-dealer, Mr Lakdim's rap sheet included convictions for carrying a banned weapon and for drug use. He spent a month in jail in 2016.

"He had been on a watch list for his radicalisation and links to the Salafist movement", Molins told reporters in Carcassonne on Friday, adding that Lakdim had been tracked for his online contacts with extremists. "We must... help people to learn to live together", he said.

In Carcassone, he also fired at jogging police officers, injuring one, before driving to nearby Trebes.

Lakdim reportedly demanded the release of certain prisoners - notably, according to a security source, Saleh Abdeslam, the prime suspect in the November 2015 Paris terror attacks.

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"The person who carried out the attack in Trèbes in southern France is a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried out the operation in response to a call to target states" of the anti-IS coalition, the terror group said.

Experts said the attack showed the evolving nature of the IS threat, seeking to inspire lone-wolf attacks in its name as its self-proclaimed "caliphate" in Syria and Iraq crumbles.

France has faced a string of terrorist attacks in recent years, including the Paris attacks and other smaller-scale assaults.

"This attack has been claimed by ISIS, and it is now being analyzed", Macron said.

Beltrame was an officer with the National Gendarmie, one of the two national police forces of France, and the oldest police force.

Beltrame, who is survived by his wife, was a qualified parachutist who served in Iraq in 2005.

Three homemade explosive devices were found inside a supermarket that was the site of a deadly attack by a man calling himself "a soldier" for ISIS, a French official said, as President Trump condemned "the violent actions". The attack has rocked Trebes, a sleepy town of 5,000 located on the picturesque Canal du Midi.

Minister Collomb identified the gunman as 25-year-old French-Moroccan, Reduoane Ladkim.

"We felt powerless because we still had colleagues in there".

France has been on high alert since a series of extremist attacks in 2015 and 2016 that killed more than 200 people.

"We will never forget his heroism, his bravery, his sacrifice".

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