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Memorial mass in France for heroic officer and other victims of shooting

French President Emmanuel Macron has also ordered a national memorial for Mr Beltrame.

A town in the south of France is holding a special church service to honour the heroic police officer and three other people killed in a gun rampage by an Islamic extremist.

The bishop of the nearby medieval city of Carcassonne, Alain Planet, is leading Sunday’s mass at the Saint-Etienne-de-Trebes church in the town of Trebes.

Residents have been laying flowers in front of the Trebes supermarket where the attacker seized hostages on Friday.

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Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame (Gendarmerie Nationale/AP)

The director of the national gendarme service is meeting the widow of Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame, who swapped himself with a hostage and was killed.

French President Emmanuel Macron has also ordered a national memorial for Mr Beltrame.

Attacker Radouane Lakdim was killed when police stormed the building. Two people remain in custody in the investigation.

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