Trump tweets 'thoughts and prayers' for victims of attack in France


An armed man took hostages in a supermarket in southern France on Friday, killing three people and injuring about a dozen others before being shot to death when French police stormed the market. (March 23)

President Trump tweeted “thoughts and prayers” Saturday for the victims of the previous day’s attack by an Islamic extremist that left four dead and 15 injured in southern France.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the horrible attack in France yesterday, and we grieve the nation’s loss,” Trump tweeted from Mar-a-Lago, Fla. “We also condemn the violent actions of the attacker and anyone who would provide him support.” 

Trump, who left Washington Friday night for the “Winter White House” ahead of the March for Our Lives demonstration, also expressed support for French President Emmanuel Macron in the tweet. 

The gunman, a Morocco-born man officials identified as Redouane Lakdim, hijacked a car Friday morning in Carcassonne, killing one person and before firing on police officers. He then drove to the nearby town of Trebes where he killed two more people and took hostages at a supermarket. 

Col. Arnaud Beltrame, who gave up his weapon and volunteered himself in exchange for a female hostage and was fatally wounded, was honored as a national hero Saturday. 

More: French police officer who swapped places with hostage during attack dies, official says



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