Arnaud Beltrame swapped himself with a hostage during a standoff
(Voice Of Europe) – French hero Arnaud Beltrame, who sacrificed himself to save a hostage from a Islamist terrorist, won’t have a place named after him because it may upset Marseille’s huge Muslim community, Valeurs Actuelles reports.
On 24 March 2018, an ISIS terrorist stormed a supermarket in Trèbes, armed with a handgun, a hunting knife and three homemade bombs. He shot two people dead and took others hostage.
During the negotiation with the police, the terrorist accepted Beltrame’s offer to swap places with the last hostage, a female cashier.
Beltrame also set his phone on a table with its line open so that police outside could monitor the activity inside.
After a three-hour stand-off with the police, Radouane Lakdim, the 25-year-old terrorist, stabbed (even though rumours circulated that he sliced Beltrame’s throat) and murdered Arnaud Beltrame.
But apparently, paying tribute to Beltrame’s sacifice is seen as being potentially offensive by Marseille’s leftist elected officials.
Here’s what Stephane Ravier, Marseille’s 7th district National Rally mayor, revealed during a town council with Marseille’s elected officials.
“Leftist elected officials, socialist and communist, refused that a place in the 15th district be named after Arnaud Beltrame, in the first time, they’ve said, under fallacious pretext, that this place wasn’t prestigious enough, before telling the truth in these terms: we are on the field, we witnessed that the population has changed and if we give the name of Arnaud Beltrame in this district, the population will take that as a provocation”.
Marseille’s 15th district is similar to Marseille, a place with a huge community of immigrants from North-Africa, who practice a rigorous Islam.
Marseille is not only a cesspool of crimes but also of jihadists, just on 1 October 2017, an illegal migrant from Tunisia shouted “Allahu Akbar” before stabbing and killing two women, 20 and 21-year-old cousins.