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Xavier Jugele Posthumous Marriage: French Police Officer Wed

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A portrait of Xavier Jugele, the policeman killed by a jihadist in an attack on the Champs Elysees, is pictured during a ceremony on April 25, 2017, at the Paris prefecture building. (Thibault Camus/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 31 May 2017 03:07 PM

Xavier Jugele, a French police officer killed by a jihadist, was posthumously married to his partner Etienne Cardiles on Wednesday.

It is believed to be the first posthumous gay wedding in the world, according to the BBC. France is one of only a few countries to allow posthumous weddings. Jugele had been an active campaigner for gay rights, including within the police service.

Jugele was shot on April 20, and two other officers were wounded in the same attack. Jugele had been deployed in November 2015 at Bataclan concert hall when it and other Paris locations were attacked by terrorists, killing 90. He returned a year later when the venue reopened with a Sting concert, the BBC reported.

Terrorist attacks have killed more than 230 in France since January 2015, including five police officers, according to The Guardian.

At Jugele's memorial on April 25, former President of France Francois Hollande made him a knight of the Legion of Honour posthumously, and Hollande also attended the wedding ceremony Wednesday, the Guardian reported.

At the memorial, Cardiles said, "I have no hatred, Xavier, because it is not like you and does not fit with what made your heart beat nor what made you a guardian of the peace," the Guardian reported.

When Jugele returned to the Bataclan after its reopening, he told a BBC interviewer that he "wanted to celebrate life and say ‘no’ to terrorism."

The jihadist who killed Jugele was later shot dead by police.

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