PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron will lead a national ceremony on Wednesday (March 28) honouring a heroic policeman who died offering himself as a hostage in a militant attack.
Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was the fourth and final victim in the shooting spree last Friday in the southwestern towns of Carcassonne and nearby Trebes.
"In giving his life to bring to an end the deadly actions of a jihadist terrorist, he died a hero," Macron said ahead of the ceremony.
The senior policeman had taken the place of a woman held as a final hostage in a supermarket by 25-year-old gunman Radouane Lakdim, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.
France has lost more than 240 lives to Islamic militants over the past three years, and the attack is the country's worst since Macron became president last May.
Around 200 of Beltrame's colleagues from the gendarmerie, a national police force which is part of the military, will attend the ceremony in Paris from 6.30pm Singapore time.
Macron will give the eulogy at Les Invalides, a historic complex that is home to France's army museum and a veterans' retirement centre.