The Latest: French gendarmerie chief praises slain officer

Arnaud Beltrame was killed after swapping himself

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Mayor Eric Menassi of Trebes, a town of 6,000, said people there were forever marked.

According to French police, Lakdim was on the watch list of intelligence services and was flagged in a database of radicalized militants. Hence, Macron may want to divert his motivations away from Brexit to increasing French influence in other ways.

General Richard Lizurey, chief of staff of France's gendarmes, on Sunday addressed the region's force, of which Beltrame was the third in command.

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb announced the officer's death Saturday, which raised the number of victims in the gunman's rampage to four.

"It's sad to see that we are not spared (from terror attacks) anywhere", said Jacky, visibly shaken.

The terror shooting follows attacks in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016.

When the officers stormed in and killed Lakdim, they also found the dead bodies of shopper Herve Sosna, 65, and Christian Medves, a 50-year-old supermarket butcher. The police were wearing athletic clothes with police insignia. Around the world, there are about 220 and 300 million people who speak French as either their first or second language.

"I said to the girls, 'Call the police, there's a terrorist in the shop, ' " she told AFP. Hundreds of investigators were on the case, pouring into Lakdim's background. We are with you @EmmanuelMacron!' he added.

France is part of a group of countries whose warplanes have been bombing Islamic State strongholds in Iraq and Syria, where in recent months IS has lost much of a self-proclaimed "caliphate" of territory it seized in 2014. Dozens of others have been wounded.

"He couldn't have done anything else, he wasn't someone who could shirk something", Nicolle Beltrame said of her son.

Arnaud Beltrame, 44, a gendarme who once served in Iraq, had been raced to hospital fighting for his life after being shot by the gunman during the siege at the Super U store in the southwestern town of Trebes near the Pyrenees mountains. Flags at all gendarmeries were flying at half-staff.

The girlfriend, who has not been named, was - like Lakdim - subject to a Security-S file, meaning she was considered a danger to national security.

Lakdim, 25, a petty criminal, was on a watchlist, but authorities had concluded the Moroccan-born French national did not pose a threat.

"He fell as a hero, giving up his life to halt the murderous outfit of a jihadist terrorist", President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement shortly before dawn yesterday.

Despite this, Paris prosecutor François Molins said there was "no warning sign" that Lakdim would carry out an attack.

Beltrame died Friday night, police said.

A photo of Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame placed on a bunch of flowers at the main gate of the Police headquarters in Carcassonne, France, Saturday, March 24, 2018.

On Friday, Lakdim, armed with a gun, knife and homemade explosive devices, hijacked a car in Carcassonne and shot the two people inside, killing the passenger - a retired winemaker - and leaving the Portuguese driver in a critical condition.