Man marries partner killed in Paris shooting

Etienne Cardiles
Etienne Cardiles speaks at a memorial for his partner Xavier Jugele in April (Getty)

A man in France has married his dead partner at a Paris ceremony, witnessed by former French President Francois Hollande.

Etienne Cardiles' partner Xavier Jugelé was a Paris police officer who was killed by a gunman on Champs-Élysées in April. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the crime.

Le Parisien reports the wedding took place on Tuesday, and is believed to be the first posthumous gay wedding to take place in France, and possibly the world.

France is one of the few nations where a posthumous wedding is possible.

At a memorial ceremony on April 25, Mr 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."

Xavier Jugelé was known as an advocate for LGBT rights in the police force. He was also one of the first responders to the 2015 terrorist attack on the Bataclan theatre in Paris where a shooter killed 90 concertgoers.

Then-President Hollande posthumously made him a knight of the Legion of Honour.