Police Officer Killed In Paris Terrorist Attack Was Gay Rights Activist

The police officer killed in the terrorist attack in Paris was an active member of the French force’s LGBT wing.

He has since been identified as 37-year-old Xavier Jugelé, who was an active campaigner for LGBT rights in France, and leaves behind his civil partner, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Jugelé was shot in the head and killed in the Champs Elysees attack in which two other officers were seriously injured.

The group representing LGBT officers in France, Flag!, wrote on its Facebook page: “Shocked and moved by the tragedy that just touched the national police and the association Flag!

“The policeman killed tonight was a member of our association. Flag! Sends its sincere condolences to his family, his friends, his colleagues and to our members close.”

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack when an assailant opened fire with an assault rifle on a police van parked on the Champs-Elysees.

Britain’s Daily Mail reports Jugelé was a proud defender of gay rights who protested against Russia’s ban on “homosexual propaganda” ahead of the 2014 Olympics.

Paris police declined to give details about Jugelé’s career and life, saying his family had asked for privacy.

Mickael Bucheron, president of a French association of LGBT police officers, told The Associated Press Jugelé would have celebrated his 38th birthday early next month.

“He was a very simple man, with a big heart. A real nice guy. And he really loved his job,” Flag! vice-president Alain Parmentier said.

Jugelé was a member of the Paris police department’s public order and traffic division.

“It was one of his final missions, he was about to join another service,” Parmentier said.

French president Francois Hollande said a national tribute will be paid to Jugelé, “who was cowardly assassinated”.

Nerelle Harper

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