Slain French Police Officer’s Husband Gives Tearful Eulogy


Champs-Élysées

The husband of the French police officer who was killed last week in Paris has delivered an emotional eulogy at a memorial.

Xavier Jugelé was killed at Paris’ Champ-Élysées last week in an attack in which two other officers were seriously injured.

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His husband, Etienne Cardiles, addressed a remembrance ceremony attended by French President Francois Hollande at Paris police headquarters.

Cardiles described Jugelé as a man who lived “a life of joy and huge smiles.”

“I returned home that evening without you, with an extreme and profound pain that maybe one day will weaken, I don’t know,” he said.

He said his husband’s killer and Islamic State, who claimed responsibility for the attack, “would not have my hatred.”

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

A spokesperson for the French LGBT police organisation described Jugelé as “a simple man who loved his job, and he was really committed to the LGBT cause.”

Cardiles said he had been making plans with Jugelé to travel, and described his late partner as an avid lover of film and music.

“Your favourite stars were Celine Dion, [French singer] Zazie, Madonna, Britney Spears and so many others who made our windows rattle,” he said.

“Theatre transported you to another world, where you lived fully. You would shy away from no cultural activity.

“A life of joy and laughter, in which love and tolerance were your uncontested masters.

“You lived like a star, and you leave like a star.”

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