Mourners pack the church for French officer whose sacrifice 'saved the nation'

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The essayist stressed that in his works Lev Tolstoy showed that the Russian elite continued admiring French culture during Napoleon's invasion of Russia, emphasizing that it wasn't as "ridiculous" as today's government in France. Father Jean-Baptiste described the hero police officer as an "extremely intelligent and courageous man".

On Friday, police detained a woman who was "very close" to the gunman Lakdim and "shared his life", prosecutor François Molins said.

The sleepy town of 6,000, located on the picturesque Canal du Midi, is just eight kilometres (five miles) from the famed medieval walled city of Carcassonne, where a silent march is planned next Saturday, the eve of Easter Day.

"There will be a before and an after. yesterday we were able to measure how much radicalism can affect anyone", he said.

Supermarket boss Samia Menassi, whose store remains closed and surrounded by police tape, recalled hearing the first gunshots.

Beltrame's mother said when she heard that a policeman had been killed on Friday, she knew it was her son. The police were wearing athletic clothes with police insignia.

The attacker's rampage began when he shot the occupant of a car he stole and fired on a group of police joggers, wounding one.

According to French police, Lakdim was on the watch list of intelligence services and was flagged in a database of radicalized militants.

Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was shot in the neck Friday after offering to take the place of a woman during a gunman's assault on the Super U supermarket in Trèbes.

The couple - both devout Roman Catholics - were wed in a town hall in 2016, but had been preparing for a Church wedding in June.

Hundreds of mourners packed a church service Sunday for the victims of France's latest Islamist attack, including a policeman hailed as a hero for taking the place of a hostage.

His death sparked a wave of emotion across France, with people leaving flowers, cards and children's drawings at gendarmes posts in his praise.

But civil servants and railway workers from SNCF, the state-owned railway company, are more powerful, more cohesive communities in France, who for decades have opposed attempts to remove their privileged status. He said the Lt. Col.'s "exceptional act" should serve as an inspiration to colleagues.

In addition to the four people killed by the gunman Friday, 15 others were injured.

"I said to the girls, 'Call the police, there's a terrorist in the shop, ' " she told AFP.

Using millions of Euros to push the "language of freedom" in Africa could be colonialism and bondage all of over again.

By poignant coincidence, Lt-Col Beltrame - who was married with no children - had simulated a terrorist attack at a supermarket in December in a training exercise, in his role as deputy chief of the gendarmerie in the local Aude region.

President Donald Trump will reportedly host a private dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron at Mount Vernon, the colonial home of George Washington.

In any case, the apparent ubiquity of the English language arguably has more to do with the world-power status of the United States than Britain, its original speakers.

"Officer died after bravely swapping places with hostage in ISIS related terror attack", Trump tweeted.

Lakdim also killed the supermarket's butcher, a shopper and a passenger in the car that Lakdim had hijacked earlier in nearby Carcassonne.

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