France’s The Local reports:
The partner of a gay policeman gunned down by a jihadist on Paris’s Champs-Elysees avenue in April has married him posthumously, according to reports on Wednesday. Former president Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo attended the wedding on Tuesday of the late Xavier Jugele and Etienne Cardiles.
Jugele, 37, was shot dead on April 20 while on duty on the famous Parisian avenue, three days before the first round of France’s presidential election. The law in France states that posthumous marriages are permitted when there are “significant grounds” and terror attacks fall into this category, according to the government’s website.
More from the Independent:
Mr Jugelé, a prominent campaigner for LGTB rights within the police service, was shot dead on 20 April, three days before the first round of the French presidential election. His killer Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old French national, was known to the country’s authorities at the time of the attack and he had been detained in February for threatening to kill police.
After his death it subsequently emerged that Mr Jugele had been among the first responders to the attack on the Bataclan theatre in Paris in November 2015, where gunmen killed 90 concertgoers. Mr Hollande posthumously made him a knight of the Legion of Honour, one of France’s highest honours. Mr Cardiles captured the country’s imagination, during a tearful eulogy for his slain partner.