Deadly hostage-taking in France likely a terrorist act, president says

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French law enforcement officials in Carcassonne said the suspect claimed to be part of the Islamic State, according to Le Monde. But what to do, especially in the situation where you might be left as one of the very few in the entire world who has guts to publish his reports as soon as they come out and facing the consequences of "explaining yourself"? The very Joy and a smile and peace in our Souls is about the highest "reward" we can even imagine. Molins added that an unidentified woman who was close to the suspect and shared a life with him was taken into custody on Friday. Who was the French supermarket gunman? And we are dealing here not with mere terrorists, but with the worst criminals and mass murderers in the entire history. They went as sick as to sexually assault several women, and even men, including the pregnant lady in her last stage of pregnancy, and then suffocated her with the telephone cord and burned the rest of them with the same combustive mix with napalm.

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France hostage crisis: 'Two dead' in Trèbes supermarket

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday hailed Beltrame as the symbol of the 'French spirit of resistance' at a huge public memorial in Paris. The year-old's coffin was carried in a procession from Paris' Pantheon to a ceremony at Hotel des Invalides, where he was posthumously awarded the Legion of Honor for his bravery. In his eulogy to the murdered cop, President Macron said: The French leader vowed to ensure 'he will not have died in vain,' ,' urging the nation to be vigilant in the face of an 'insidious' jihadist threat.

Lakdim, who claimed allegiance to ISIS, had already shot dead the passenger of a car he hijacked in nearby Carcassonne, before driving to the supermarket and killing two more people there. Beltrame hoped to be able to negotiate with the year-old, but Lakdim stabbed him in the throat and the officer died of his wounds the next morning.

A total of four men were murdered in the attacks around Carcassonne before Lakdim himself was gunned down by special forces GIGN police. Prior to the attack: Redouane Lakdim, believed to be of Moroccan descent, was flagged to intelligence services and appeared in a database of radicalised militants.

He was also known to authorities for petty crimes including drug dealing. Lakdim was incarcerated in Carcassonne some time in , according to Le Parisien , though it is unclear what for. The paper also reports he was very active on Salafist networks online and was suspected of having made a trip to Syria, though it is not known when.

Morning, Friday March Lakdim, who reportedly lived with his mother and three or four sisters in Carcassonne, is seen walking his little sister to school. Some time before 11am: Lakdim hijacks a car somewhere in his home town of Carcassonne. Passenger Jean Mazieres is shot in the head and killed while the driver is wounded before the terrorist drives away. The attacker opens fire on four policemen jogging near the edge of town.

One officer is wounded after being hit in the shoulder. Bullets also strike a nearby car, shattering the back window. Lakdim escapes in the stolen vehicle. Gunshots are reported at a Super U supermarket in the town of Trebes as Lakdim storms in, taking hostages. Two people, customer Herve Sosna and Super U chief butcher Christian Medves, are later shot dead, though it is unclear precisely when or why. French police initially say a dozen people are wounded, though uncertainty remained around the exact toll on Friday afternoon.

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