The LGBT community lost a strong advocate when, on April 20, a French national inspired by ISIS shot police officer Xavier Jugelé. In the days after the tragedy, scores across the world watched as his partner, Etienne Cardiles, gave a moving eulogy to his partner, who, he said, “lived like a star and left like a star.”
On Tuesday, offering a mild balm to the loss, Cardiles and Jugelé married in a posthumous ceremony attended by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and former president François Hollande, according to Le Parisien.
During his life, Jugelé displayed a love of life and an opposition to intolerance, even in the face of adversity. He was an active advocate for LGBTQ rights, including the right to marry, and after his death it emerged that he had been a first responder to the terrorist attacks on the Bataclan theater in November 2015.
A year after the attacks that left 90 concertgoers dead, he returned to the Bataclan for its reopening concert by the singer Sting. He told the BBC at the time that he wanted “to celebrate life and say ‘no’ to terrorism.”
His partner—now husband—echoed these life-affirming sentiments in his remembrance of Xavier. Addressing his recently deceased partner, 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.”