France honors police officer killed in terrorist shooting

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By NTD Newsroom
April 25, 2017World News

It’s a somber day in Paris. France stood still to remember a fallen policeman on April 25.

Xavier Jugelé was killed in an Islamist attack on April 20.

His memorial service was held at Paris police headquarters. French President François Hollande attended. Presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen were also present.  

Jugelé’s partner paid tribute to him.

“At this time, at this place, the worst happened, for you (Xavier Jugelé) and your comrades. It’s one of those moments everyone fears, and we all hope will never happen. You were killed at once, at least for that we can be grateful,” said Etienne Cardiles.

“When the first alerts informed Parisians that a serious incident was taking place on the Champs Elysées, and that a police officer was killed, a little voice told me it was you. And it reminded me of those kind, healing words, ‘You will not have my hate.’ I don’t have this hatred, Xavier, because that wasn’t you.”

‘You will not have my hate,’ were words written by journalist Antoine Leiris, after his wife was killed by terrorist gunmen who attacked the Bataclan theatre in 2015.

On April 20, a gunman, identified as Karim Cheurfi, open fired on a police car on the Champs Elysées, killing officer Jugelé and injuring two others before being shot dead.

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