A rare posthumous wedding has taken place, between Xavier Jugelé and Etienne Cardiles, following Mr Jugele’s death in a terrorist attack in Paris in April.

Etienne Cardiles has posthumously married his partner,  Xavier Jugelé. Along with the marriage, Mr Jugelé was also awarded the Legion of Honour, one of France’s highest awards.

The couple were civily wed, called a Pacte Civil de Solidarité (PACS) before Mr Jugelé death but now the partnership has been changed to a marriage.


Mr Jugelé was the sole fatality of a terrorist attack in Paris in April.  Mr Jugelé was described by the New York Times as a “proud gay man”. He had been a serving officer since 2010.

The 37-year-old officer was shot by a gunman who was later killed by French security forces as he tried to flee the scene.

Mr Jugelé was sitting in a police vehicle near the world-famous Champs-Élysées when the gunman opened fire.


The shooter, 39-year-old Karim Cheurfi, was apparently known to security services had been a list of suspected terrorists. He lived in the city’s suburbs. ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack.


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