>> Hundreds of people attended a memorial service in the French town of Trèbes on Sunday, in honor of the victims of Friday's Islamist militant attack that killed a gendarme and three other people. Police officer, Arnaud Beltrame, voluntarily took the place of a female hostage during the supermarket siege, but died in hospital after being shot three times as he helped bring an end to the shooting spree.
French president, Emmanuel Macron, decided on Saturday the country will hold a national tribute to Beltrame in the coming days. Shots were initially fired at a group of law enforcement officers, one of whom was wounded. The gunman, named as Redouane Lakdim, a French-Moroccan, then entered the supermarket, reportedly screaming Allahu Akbar, I will kill you all.
The 25-year-old was no one to place for petty crimes, but had also been under surveillance by security services in 2016-17 for links to the Radical Salafist movement. Beltrame was part of a team of officers who were among the first to arrive at the supermarket scene and offered to take the place of a female hostage.
When shots rang out, elite police stormed the building and killed the gunman. Lakdim was said to have demanded the release of Salah Abdeslam, the surviving suspect in attacks in Paris that killed 130 people in 2015. Over the past three years, more than 240 people have been killed in France in attacks by assailants inspired by or loyal to Islamic State, which also claimed Friday's shooting, but gave no evidence in support.
Macron has said security services are checking that claim.