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Old 24 March 2018, 10:00
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Lt-Cpl Arnaud Beltrame, Gendarmerie Nationale, RIP

http://www.france24.com/en/20180324-...d-hostage-dies

I believe the Colonel was a GIGN member, due to the para wings he is seen wearing in one of the photos in the article.

Regardless, taking the place of a hostage takes some serious intestinal fortitude. France needs more men like him.

Rest in peace, Colonel Beltrame.
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Old 24 March 2018, 10:08
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Old 24 March 2018, 10:30
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Repose en paix, lieutenant-colonel Beltrame. Merci pour votre service et votre sacrifice.
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Old 24 March 2018, 11:45
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A wee bit about Lt Col Beltrame;
Lt-Col Beltrame started his career in the Army as a reserve officer in an Artillery regiment, then passed in 1999 the selective exam to enter the Ecole Militaire Interarmes (different from Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, but located on the same campus). After the EMIA, he chose to join the Gendarmerie and went for further training to the Ecole des Officiers de la Gendarmerie Nationale. After graduating, he was selected to enter one of the components of the GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale). He became a qualified HALO/HAHO free fall paratrooper and was deployed with his unit to Iraq in 2005, where he received the Croix de la Valeur Militaire (shortened VM in French military jargon), with one citation. At the time of his death, he was the 2IC of all Gendarmerie units in the Aude département (district). BTW, Castelnaudary is also located in the Aude, not to far actually (about 50 km) from where the attack took place.
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Old 24 March 2018, 19:15
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A wee bit about Lt Col Beltrame;
Lt-Col Beltrame started his career in the Army as a reserve officer in an Artillery regiment, then passed in 1999 the selective exam to enter the Ecole Militaire Interarmes (different from Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, but located on the same campus). After the EMIA, he chose to join the Gendarmerie and went for further training to the Ecole des Officiers de la Gendarmerie Nationale. After graduating, he was selected to enter one of the components of the GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale). He became a qualified HALO/HAHO free fall paratrooper and was deployed with his unit to Iraq in 2005, where he received the Croix de la Valeur Militaire (shortened VM in French military jargon), with one citation. At the time of his death, he was the 2IC of all Gendarmerie units in the Aude département (district). BTW, Castelnaudary is also located in the Aude, not to far actually (about 50 km) from where the attack took place.
Both units I had the honor serving with are in close proximity.

It seems that the perp was seen at the Regiment prior to shooting people in a car nearby, before heading towards the supermarket in Trebes.
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Old 25 March 2018, 01:19
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On ne peut qu'espérer que cela restera toujours vrai.

Repose en paix, Lt Col Beltrame.
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Old 26 March 2018, 03:52
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That´s the way such incidents should be handled
https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/fren...th-doc-1369wl1
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That´s the way such incidents should be handled
https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/fren...th-doc-1369wl1
I'm pleasantly surprised.
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