Posthumous Wedding For Slain French Police Officer


Champs-Élysées

The partner of a gay police officer who was killed in the Champs-Élysées attack in Paris in April has married him posthumously.

According to the BBC, the ceremony saw Etienne Cardiles (pictured, left) marrying his longtime partner Xavier Jugelé.

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The service took place on Tuesday in Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s office, and was also attended by Francois Hollande, French President at the time of the April 20 terror attack in which Jugelé was killed and two others were injured

One of a handful of countries allowing the practice, France allows posthumous unions if there are significant circumstances for the marriage.

A living spouse must apply to the French president for permission and give proof the deceased had an “unequivocal” desire to wed. Marriage equality became legal in France in 2013.

The couple shared a civil partnership, and Jugelé was remembered by friends and colleagues as a passionate LGBTI activist.

Cardiles gave a powerful eulogy at his late partner’s funeral in April, saying Jugelé “lived like a star and left like a star.”

He said he had no hatred for those responsible for his partner’s death.

“I don’t feel hatred, Xavier, because it is not like you and does not fit with what made your heart beat,” he said.

“Tolerance, dialogue and patience were your strongest weapons.”