A state ceremony has honoured Arnaud Beltrame, the French police officer who lost his life taking the place of a hostage when a jihadist attacked a supermarket.

President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Beltrame, a practising Catholic who had reserved a special part of his house as a prayer room.

Beltrame was posthumously awarded France’s highest medal, the Legion d’Honneur.

Barrister accuses police of targeting Cardinal Pell

Australian police created a taskforce targeting Cardinal George Pell a year before any formal allegations had been made, a court heard last week.

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