SW France attacks: death toll rises after 'hero' officer dies from wounds


The death toll from the shooting spree in and around the town of Carcassonne on Friday has risen to four after gendarmerie officer Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame, who was described as 'a hero' by President Emmanuel Macron, volunteered to swap places with a woman taken hostage by the lone gunman before being shot several times, died overnight from his wounds.

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A gendarme who exchanged himself for a hostage during the French supermarket siege has died, bringing the number of victims to four. Police shot dead the attacker after a series of attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group in Carcassonne, southern France, that culminated in the three-hour hostage-taking, reports The Guardian.