Interior minister praises actions of officer, in a critical condition after supermarket attack

France’s interior minister has joined a chorus of tributes to a local gendarme who volunteered to take the place of a female hostage at the start of the suspected terror attack in a Trèbes supermarket and was subsequently shot and badly wounded.

“I wish to salute the courage of this lieutenant-colonel who has been seriously injured and who substituted himself for a hostage that the terrorist was holding,” Gérard Collomb told a press conference near the scene of the attack.

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