Woman marries her dead partner

Young mother uses obscure French law on posthumous marriage to marry her partner who was killed in road accident

23 June 2011

A WOMAN in the east of France whose boyfriend was killed in a road accident has made use of an obscure French law to marry him, almost two years after his death.

Karen Jumeaux, who is 22, applied to President Sarkozy for permission to tie the knot with Anthony Maillot.

The couple had been together for four and a half years and had a baby boy shortly before Anthony died in October 2009.

France allows posthumous marriages as long as enough proof can be provided that the couple were already planning to marry.

A basic ceremony was held yesterday afternoon in Dizy-le-Gros (Aisne), in the presence of parents and witnesses.

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