France to honor slain hero police officer Wednesday
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France to honor slain hero police officer Wednesday

French president to attend event for Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, killed by Islamist gunman; police question dead terrorist's girlfriend, said known to police as 'radicalized'

A man places flowers at the main gate of the police headquarters in Carcassonne, France, on Saturday, March 24, 2018, following an attack on a supermarket in the south of France on Friday.  (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A man places flowers at the main gate of the police headquarters in Carcassonne, France, on Saturday, March 24, 2018, following an attack on a supermarket in the south of France on Friday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

PARIS (AP) — A national memorial event for a police officer who was killed after swapping himself with a hostage being held by an Islamic extremist will take place Wednesday in Paris, the French presidency said Monday.

The ceremony, open to the public, will be held in the main courtyard of the Invalides monument, home to Napoleon’s tomb, in the presence of Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame’s family and the families of other victims of the attack.

French President Emmanuel Macron will attend and address the event.

Three people, including Beltrame, were killed in a supermarket in Trebes, southern France, Friday, while a fourth person was killed earlier during a carjacking in the nearby city of Carcassonne.

In this image dated March 2013 and provided by regional newspaper Ouest France, Arnaud Beltrame poses for a photo in Avranches, western France. (Ouest France via AP)

Moroccan-born gunman Radouane Lakdim, 25, was killed by police who stormed the supermarket.

Two people close to him, including his partner, were being detained Monday for questioning in the case.

A French judicial official said the 18-year-old woman was known to police as radicalized. Like Lakdim, she had been on the so-called “Fiche S” list, a government register of individuals suspected of being radicalized but who have yet to perform acts of terrorism.

The official was speaking anonymously to discuss the ongoing investigation.

The other person in police custody is a 17-year-old friend of Lakdim.

French police searching Lakdim’s home in Carcassonne found notes referring to the Islamic State group that appeared to be a final testament.

IS claimed that the attacker was answering its call to target nations in the US-led coalition fighting IS militants in Syria and Iraq.

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