3 individuals related to the killer have been arrested.
Published on NDTV June 17, 2016
French President Francois Hollande vowed Friday to improve the protection of a police force reeling from a terror attack and under pressure from violent protesters and football hooligans.
“Police officers risk their lives. We owe them respect and gratitude,” Hollande said at an emotional memorial service in Versailles near Paris for a policeman and his partner who were killed by a jihadist.
Hollande said the couple were “everyday heroes who fell victim to a hate-filled terrorist.”
Police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his partner Jessica Schneider were knifed to death on Monday by a convicted extremist who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.
Larossi Abballa, 25, was shot dead by police after he killed the pair at their home in the Paris suburb of Magnanville, in the presence of their three-year-old son Mathieu who was traumatised but unhurt.
Investigators are looking into whether Abballa knew his victims.
Hundreds of uniformed police officers and firefighters, many fighting back tears, took part in the ceremony, where the pair were decorated post-posthumously with the Legion of Honour — France’s highest award... Read more