France Honors Fallen Police Officer Who Traded Himself For Terrorist’s Hostage
“France will never forget his heroism, bravery and sacrifice”
Having already killed one person for his car, an armed terrorist took hostages in a supermarket in Trèbes, France to demand the release of Salah Abdeslam, a surviving member of an ISIS cell that attacked Paris in November 2015. That coordinated attack resulted in the deaths of 130 people.
The terrorist was killed by police, but not before he took the lives of five people and wounded 16 others. One of the people killed during the terror attack was 44-year-old Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, a French police officer who traded himself for a hostage being held in the supermarket.
The radical Islamist terrorist who shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he stormed the grocery store was shot and killed by police.
A French police officer who volunteered to trade places with a hostage during a terror attack involving a standoff in a supermarket has died of his injuries, France’s interior minister said Saturday local time.
French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said on Twitter Saturday morning that the lieutenant colonel who was seriously injured, Arnaud Beltrame, died.
“France will never forget his heroism, bravery and sacrifice,” Collomb said in the tweet.
In a statement released later Saturday morning, a spokesperson for French President Emmanuel Macron said that Beltrame “died in the service of the nation, to which he had already brought so much. By giving his life to put an end to the murderous armed jihadist terrorist, he has fallen as a hero.”
After the majority of the hostages were released and the terrorist was holding at least one female hostage as a body shield, Beltrame volunteered himself to replace her. He was in the store for about two hours before shots rang out.
The 44-year-old was the first policeman to arrive Friday at the supermarket where a gunman, Radouane Lakdim, had shot two civilians at the store and taken others hostage. Lakdim had earlier shot and wounded a police officer out jogging in Carcassonne, around 15 minutes away from Trèbes.
When Beltrame entered the supermarket he left his mobile phone on to allow police who had surrounded the building to listen in.
On hearing gunshots, the police special forces then stormed inside, killing the gunman and recovering Beltrame. The wounded gendarme was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries early Saturday.
Beltrame is being honored across France and his heroism celebrated around the world.
Un vrai héros! https://t.co/CB2XaqBntH
— U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco (@USAmbFrance) March 24, 2018
Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame, wounded after taking the place of a hostage in the attack yesterday at #Trèbes, gave his life to save the lives of others. Truly a hero. Our thoughts this morning with his family and his comrades. And our solidarity with France pic.twitter.com/Ly2xIl90h9
— Ed Llewellyn (@EdLlewellynFCDO) March 24, 2018
Arnaud Beltrame put himself in harm’s way to save another human being. It cost him his life. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to this hero. pic.twitter.com/SC8Z2cyQjP
— Frans Timmermans (@TimmermansEU) March 24, 2018
Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was shot and stabbed after he traded places with one of the captives following a shooting spree in southern France.
Flags are being flown at half-mast at gendarmerie bases across France.
His brother Cedric said Col Arnaud “didn’t have a chance”, adding that his actions were “beyond the call of duty”.
“He gave his life for strangers. He must have known that he didn’t really have a chance. If that doesn’t make him a hero, I don’t know what would,” Col Arnaud’s brother Cedric told a French radio station on Saturday.
. . . . French President Emmanuel Macron also paid tribute to the officer, saying that Col Arnaud “fell as a hero” after showing “exceptional courage and selflessness”, adding that he deserved “the respect and admiration of the whole nation”.
UK PM Theresa May said the “sacrifice and courage” of the police officer would not be forgotten.
A special service honoring Beltrame and the other victims of this terrorist attack was held this morning in Trèbes.
Two days after a gunman claiming allegiance to the IS group killed four people in Trèbes and Carcassonne in southwestern France, survivors of the attack packed the Saint-Etienne-de-Trèbes church for a special Sunday Mass honouring the victims of the assault.
Members of the region’s Muslim community were among those mourning at the special Palm Sunday service. The manager of the supermarket sat in the front row, alongside her husband, the town mayor.
Paying tribute to Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, the heroic gendarme, or police officer, who was slain after swapping himself with a hostage during Friday’s siege at a Trèbes supermarket, the Bishop of Carcassonne and Narbonne Alain Planet hailed the police officer’s “extraordinary devotion”, saying “the whole of France has been touched by this”.
Residents have been laying flowers in front of the Trèbes supermarket where the attacker seized hostages Friday.
The director of the national gendarme service is meeting Sunday in Carcassonne with Beltrame’s widow and French President Emmanuel Macron has also ordered a national memorial for Beltrame.
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“’France will never forget his heroism, bravery and sacrifice,’ Collomb said in the tweet.”
It’s already forgotten. Who’s this police official trying to fool. The disease of PC has invaded all police departments in Europe. Never speak ill of Islam or Muslims.
Sad but true. Look how quickly the US forgot 9-11.
Where do we find such men?
More worthless platitudes. Right up there with the passionately-delivered, but, ultimately worthless, “Je suis Charlie.” Remember that phrase? Uttered with passion for about five minutes after that horrific slaughter and brazen attack on democracy, free speech and secularism. I’m sure that the vicious murder of that elderly Catholic French priest during Mass also elicited promises from the pols that he would never be forgotten. But, predictably, nothing in France has substantively changed as a result, vis-a-vis the government’s posture towards its perpetually restive, belligerent and subversive Muslim population, both native-born and recently-arrived.
The politicians state that France will “never forget,” but, I would submit that they’ve already forgotten something of import, to wit, the myriad Islamic terror attacks that have taken place in France and in Europe, over the past decade. I challenge even studious observers of international terrorism to list from memory every single one of those attacks, so numerous have they been that they defy quick recitation. Meanwhile France and the rest of Europe continue their farcical, un-serious and meek approach towards combating the totalitarian ideology that is attempting to take Europe back to the days of the Third Reich.
Much like the bouquets and teddy bears.
“…More worthless platitudes. Right up there with the passionately-delivered, but, ultimately worthless, “Je suis Charlie.” Remember that phrase? ..”
We all knew they didn’t mean it. If they did, they wouldn’t keep repeating the lie that Islam is a religion of peace.
You can’t hold two opposite positions. If you are “Je suis Charlie” then you have to know Sharia.
“There has already been for you an excellent pattern in Abraham and those with him, when they said to their people, “Indeed, we are disassociated from you and from whatever you worship other than Allah . We have denied you, and there has appeared between us and you animosity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone” except for the saying of Abraham to his father, “I will surely ask forgiveness for you, but I have not [power to do] for you anything against Allah . Our Lord, upon You we have relied, and to You we have returned, and to You is the destination.”
Go ahead. Name another religion that preaches hatred. I’ll be waiting.
On the other hand…
Prescribed Punishments (Kitab Al-Hudud)
(2) Chapter: The ruling regarding one who reviles the prophet (pbuh)
” Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas:
A blind man had a slave-mother who used to abuse the Prophet (ﷺ) and disparage him. He forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet (ﷺ) and abuse him. So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet (ﷺ) was informed about it.
He assembled the people and said: I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up. Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the man stood up.
He sat before the Prophet (ﷺ) and said: Messenger of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.
Thereupon the Prophet (ﷺ) said: Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood. ”
The Islamic version of Lex Talionis really does require blood to be shed for blood. Unless the killing is justified.
Puts the whole Charlied Hebdo murders in perspective, doesn’t it? I wanted to vomit when Barack Obama preached to me that the killings were un-Islamic because no religion commands the killing of innocents.
Hello! Allah and his prophet say the cartoonists weren’t innocent.
By the way, pleasant story doncha think? It along with the commandment to hate are in the holy books of Islam.
Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame was engaged to be married. A priest married him to his fiancee in the hospital just before administering last rites. Truly a hero.
obama, clinton, mcconnell, boehner, ryan, pelosi, soros, fauxcahontas etc would have all done the same: turned the other way and ran.
On the other hand:
Donald Trump reportedly stopped a bat-wielding attacker in 1991:
And he got the porn girl, too:
Too bad he wasn’t in Parkland, FL, last month.
” 28. O ye who believe! Truly the Pagans are unclean; so let them not, after this year of theirs, approach the Sacred Mosque. And if ye fear poverty, soon will Allah enrich you, if He wills, out of His bounty, for Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.
29. Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
30. The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah.s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!
31. They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; yet they were commanded to worship but One Allah. there is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him).
32. Fain would they extinguish Allah.s light WITH THEIR MOUTHS mouths, but Allah will not allow but that His light should be perfected, even though the Unbelievers may detest (it)… ”
Muslims have a habit of telling non-Muslims that they can only fight in self-defence, and that the jihadists are getting their religion wrong.
Knowledgeable Muslims (and they are in the minority) understand that the Islamic version of self-defense is far different than the western version. Read the above carefully. “With their mouths.” Fitnah is worse than killing. Fitnah is unbelief in Allah and Muhammad. We must either submit to the rule of the ummah or we (assuming the Muslims recognize us as people of the book) must be killed.
The Hindus were not people of the book.
“Hindus are like the mud; if silver is demanded from them, they must with the greatest humility offer gold. If a Mohammadan desires to spit into a Hindu’s mouth, the Hindu should open it wide for the purpose. God created the Hindus to be slaves of the Mohammadans. The Prophet hath ordained that, if the Hindus do not accept Islam, they should be imprisoned, tortured, finally put to death, and their property confiscated.”
Buddhists were equally bad. Which is why my sympathies lie with the Buddhists of Myanmar. Not the Rohingya. I could be wrong, but read about the destruction of Nalanda before making up your mind.
The Maryland deputy who took down the high school shooter ast week is also a hero. Then there’s Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and his Keystone Cops.
“…We [Adams & Jefferson] took the liberty to make some enquiries concerning the ground of their pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation. [Note they clarify “nations who have done them [i.e. Muslim Barbary States] no injury”]
The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of their prophet [i.e. Mohammed]; that it was written in their Koran; that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners; that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners; and that every Mussulman [Muslims] who was slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.
That it was a law that the first who boarded an enemy’s vessel should have one slave more than his share with the rest, which operated as an incentive to the most desperate valor and enterprize; that it was the practice of their corsairs to bear down upon a ship, for each sailor to take a dagger in each hand and another in his mouth, and leap on board, which so terrified their enemies that very few ever stood against them; that he verily believed the devil assisted his countrymen…”
So, what does anyone imagine has changed?
Facebook will be lit up with the tricolor for a whole 15 minutes tonight.
Until they find out he traded himself for a female.
Toxic masculinity ya know.
“bw222 | March 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm
Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame was engaged to be married. A priest married him to his fiancee in the hospital just before administering last rites. Truly a hero.”
I know more about the Italian Carabinieri than I do about the French National Gendarmerie. The military police forces of all our services respect them.
We most definitely should not copy these countries and create a national police force. But these guys can do everything from investigating a murder to conducting full combat operations.
We already have a totally incompetent national police force (farce?). It’s called ther Federal Bureau of Inveswtigation.
Be glad you’re in America.
The police interview elsewhere usually starts with a beating.
“Fen | March 25, 2018 at 6:18 pm
Facebook will be lit up with the tricolor for a whole 15 minutes tonight.
Until they find out he traded himself for a female.
Toxic masculinity ya know
Toxic masculinity. Formerly known as chivalry.
A quote from a character on one of my favorite books is; “You are, what you do, when it counts.”
When it counted he was a Hero. I can think of no more selfless action.
No greater love . . .
No you can’t buy character.
You can try, but all you’re going to do is make yourself look cheap and tawdry.
“‘You can’t buy class’: A candid photo of Joe Biden and a homeless man is breaking hearts”
Candid my @##. The guy travels around with a photographer.
How many pics have you seen of me buying food for the homeless? I won’t give them money, but I have left numerous homeless men and women crying when I bought them food.
No pictures? Yes, no pictures.
I only mention it now because Joe Biden has p***ed off. I understand that God will now give me demerits for what was once a good deed. That no one knew about. Which is how it should be.