Partner Of Gay Cop Slain In Paris Terrorist Attack Marries Him Posthumously

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 2, 2017

Xavier Jugelé, the gay police officer killed by a lone gunman who opened fire on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, has married posthumously.

The former French president Francois Hollande and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo are said to have been among those in attendance.

He was a member of the French association for LGBT police officers and had campaigned for equal rights.

France is one of the few countries where posthumous marriages are permitted legally.

His murder caused huge emotion across France, especially after the moving address by his partner at the subsequent ceremony of remembrance. The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack, which left two other officers wounded. He was also one of the first responders to the 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan theatre in Paris where a shooter killed 90 concertgoers.

It's believed to be the first posthumous same-sex wedding to take place in France (where marriage equality has been the law of the land since 2013) and possibly the world, according to the BBC. He returned a year later when the venue reopened with a Sting concert, the BBC reported.

Etienne explained: "I don't feel hatred, Xavier, because it is not like you - because it does not correspond to anything that made your heart beat, nor why you entered the police force". This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries.

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