Officer killed in Champs-Élysées attack posthumously married in Paris

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The French police officer who was killed in an April terror attack on the Champs-Élysées was posthumously married to his partner in an unusual ceremony, French media reported Tuesday.

The Paris newspaper Le Parisien said the wedding between Xavier Jugelé and his partner Étienne Cardiles happened in Paris on Tuesday.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former French president François Hollande attended the private wedding, Le Parisien reported.

France is one of the few countries in the world where posthumous marriage is legal.

Jugelé was one of three police officers shot on Paris’s famous boulevard in the April 20 attack, which came three days before the first round of France’s presidential election. The attack, which was carried out with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, was claimed by Daesh, also known as ISIS and ISIL.

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Jugelé, who would have turned 38 in May, was the sole officer to die in the attack. He was one of the officers who raced to the Bataclan concert hall the night three armed men with suicide bombs stormed a show and slaughtered 90 people on Nov. 13, 2015.

He returned to the concert venue for its reopening a year later with a concert by Sting, telling People magazine at the time how happy he was to be here “to celebrate life. To say no to terrorists.”

The shooter who killed Jugelé, identified by police as Karim Cheurfi, was shot dead by police in the attack. Cheurfi was born in Paris. He had been arrested as recently as February.

A note defending Daesh was found near his body.

Cardiles, who at the time had been in a civil union with Jugelé, gave a moving tribute to his slain partner at a national memorial on April 25, saying the shooter would “not have my hatred.”

“I have no hatred, Xavier, because it is not like you and does not fit with what made your heart beat nor what made you a guardian of the peace,” Cardiles said.

At the same memorial, then-president François Hollande posthumously named Jugelé a knight in France’s Legion of Honour, one of the country’s highest honours.

He had worked in the Paris area as a police officer since 2011. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Paris police department’s public order and traffic division.

Jugelé also was a member of a French association of LGBT police officers.

Photographs of the memorial captured an emotional Cardiles shaking the hand of then presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

There are about 50 requests for posthumous marriages annually in France, Le Parisien reported. Requests for posthumous marriages are granted by the French president — Macron — under exceptional circumstances.

With files from The Associated Press