Posthumous wedding for French hero cop


The daily paper Le Parisien said the wedding of the late Xavier Jugele and his partner Etienne Cardiles took place on Tuesday.

The ceremony is believed to have been attended by the former French president Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

Xavier Jugele, 37, was killed in April when extremist Karim Cheurfi opened fire at the Champs-Elysees with a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

Officers carry Xavier Jugele's coffin during the ceremony
Image:Officers carry Xavier Jugele’s coffin during the ceremony

It later emerged that Officer Jugele, who was shot twice in the head, was one of the officers who responded to the attack on the Bataclan during the Paris attacks in November 2015.

He had returned to the venue a year later when it was reopened by pop star Sting, who honoured the 90 people killedin the series of attacks.

At a ceremony in April, Officer Jugele’s partner Mr Cardiles paid tribute, saying: “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.”

The then French president, Mr Hollande, posthumously made Officer Jugele a knight of the Legion d’Honneur, one of France’s highest honours.

Cheurfi, who was shot dead by police, also wounded two other officers in the attack which took place just three days before the first round of voting in the French presidential elections.


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