Flowers and messages in tribute to Beltrame were placed in front of the gendarmerie of the medieval city of Carcassonne, where he was based. Several cities, the National Assembly and police stations across France flew their flags at half-mast in his honor.Macron decided on Saturday that France would hold a national tribute to Beltrame in the coming days."He fell as a hero, giving up his life to halt the murderous enterprise of a jihadist terrorist," Macron said in a statement shortly before dawn on Saturday.The attacker was identified by authorities as Radouane Lakdim, a 25-year-old Moroccan-born French national from Carcassonne.The Islamic State militant group on Friday claimed responsibility for the attack.Several hundred investigators devoted to the inquiry were still checking the claim and looking into possible help Lakdim could have received, Macron's office said.
France honors a great hero. Officer died after bravely swapping places with hostage in ISIS related terror attack. So much bravery around the world constantly fighting radical Islamic terrorism. Even stronger measures needed, especially at borders!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2018