The Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin and the Minister of the Armies Florence Parly attended the national tribute paid to Ambert, in Puy-de-Dôme, to the three gendarmes killed Tuesday by a madman, while they were trying to carry help his threatened companion.
A national tribute was paid, Monday, December 28, to the three gendarmes killed on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday in Saint-Just, in the Puy-de Dôme, while they intervened to rescue a woman threatened by her companion. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin and his counterpart from the Armed Forces Florence Parly.
“Three lives sacrificed to save another … Despite our pain, there is no more noble sacrifice than this one”, declared Gerald Darmanin facing the coffins of the missing covered with a tricolor flag.
“Too often, the police are criticized. We reject on them the violence contained in our society, plagued by doubt and anxiety. But everyone here knows that the vast majority of French people support, encourage, like their actions, “noted Gérald Darmanin.
On behalf of the President of the Republic, we honor with @florence_parly three heroes, three gendarmes who died during intervention while rescuing a victim of domestic violence.
France bows before the memory of Cyrille Morel, Rémi Dupuis and Arno Mavel. pic.twitter.com/aQn3feeYoh
– Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) December 28, 2020
During the ceremony, the two ministers posthumously presented the Legion of Honor to Lieutenant-Colonel Cyrille Morel, Major Rémi Dupuis and Constable Arno Mavel, under the eyes of their family and their comrades. They also received the medal of the national gendarmerie with bronze palms and of the internal security level gold.
Slightly wounded by the shots of Frédérik L., Chief Warrant Officer Bertrand Boyon, who commands the surveillance and intervention platoon of the gendarmerie (PSIG) of Ambert, had been made a little earlier knight of the Legion of honor by the director general of the national gendarmerie.
To protect a life, they sacrificed theirs. In memory of Lieutenant-Colonel Cyrille Morel, Major Rémi Dupuis, and
Constable Arno Mavel. pic.twitter.com/hg9Ap3j4ik
– Florence Parly (@florence_parly) December 28, 2020
Saturday, in a statement sent by his lawyer, the companion of the madman had sent “her deep thoughts to the families of the gendarmes”, considering the words “insufficient to express his gratitude”.
Several hundred people were able to follow the tribute in another nearby square where a giant screen had been installed.
All the businesses in Ambert had drawn their curtains at the request of the mayor of the city, Guy Gorbinet. “Because of the tribute to our three gendarmes, we will be closed this afternoon” could be read on the window of a tobacco shop.