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PM Edouard Philippe leads funerals in Trèbes

France 24, Mar 29

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and senior figures of the government attended the funerals in the Aude for the four victims of last week’s extremist gun rampage.

The ceremony took place on Thursday in Trèbes, that was the site of a deadly supermarket hostage-taking.

Philippe spoke to family of the victims and local residents as the funeral convoys of Arnaud Beltrame, Herve Sosna, Christian Medves and Jean Mazieres arrived - and their coffins were put on display in a large square.

It comes one day after France led a national homage to Beltrame, a colonel, who was given a posthumous Legion of Honor for his heroism in swapping himself for a hostage and potentially preventing further killings.

A private religious ceremony was held later for slain gendarme Arnaud Beltrame in Carcassonne, to be followed by a burial in the cemetery of Ferrals-les-Corbières.


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