French PM Edouard Philippe leads funerals for victims of supermarket siege



French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and senior figures of the French government are attending the funerals in southern France for the four victims of last week’s extremist gun rampage.

The ceremony is taking place Thursday in Trèbes, a small town in the Aude region 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.

Source :

France 24

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