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.