Posthumous wedding held for policeman killed in Champs-Élysées attack

The late Xavier Jugelé had been in a civil partnership with Etienne Cardiles

Posthumous wedding held for policeman killed in Champs-Élysées attack

A portrait of Xavier Jugele, the policeman killed by a jihadist in an attack on the Champs Elysees. Picture by: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The French policeman killed in April's terrorist attack at the Champs-Élysées has been posthumously married to his partner, local media has reported.

Xavier Jugelé (37) died after he was shot on April 20th, only days before the first round of the French presidential election.

Two other people were injured in the attack, while gunman Karim Cheurfi was shot dead by police.

According to France 24, Etienne Cardiles married his late partner Jugelé at a ceremony on Tuesday.

The former French president Francois Hollande and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo are said to have been among those in attendance.

Mr Jugelé had been a campaigner for gay rights, and had been in a civil partnership at the time of his death.

At a ceremony honouring his partner last month, Mr Cardiles said: "You lived a life of joy and immense smiles where love and tolerance were unchallenged masters. You left this life like a star.

"To you, I want to say that you will remain in my heart forever. I love you. We need to stay dignified and ensure the peace and keep the peace."

France is one of the few countries to allow posthumous marriages in extraordinary circumstances.

The process must be approved by officials including the president, and the deceased's intention to marry must be proven before permission is granted.