French PM Leads Funerals for Four Victims of Terror Attack

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Police at the Super U supermarket in Trebes, France, last Friday. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and senior figures of the French government are attending the funerals in southern France for the four victims of last week’s terror attack.

The ceremony is taking place Thursday in Trebes, a small town in the Aude region that was the site of a deadly supermarket hostage-taking.

Philippe spoke to family of the victims and local residents as the funeral convoys of Arnaud Beltrame, Herve Sosna, Christian Medves and Jean Mazieres arrived — and their coffins were put on display in a large square.

It comes one day after France led a national homage to Beltrame, a colonel, who was given a posthumous Legion of Honor for his heroism in swapping himself for a hostage and potentially preventing further killings.

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