Tribute march for murdered police officer

Hundreds of people including police officers have taken part in a silent march to the Champs-Elysées in memory of Xavier Jugelé - the police officer shot and killed in the capital on April 20.

22 April 2017
By Connexion journalist

Preparations for an official memorial event by the Ville de Paris next week are still underway.

Xavier Jugelé, 36, was killed when Karim Cheurfi opened fire through the window of the police van as he sat in the driver's seat.

Cheurfi, a 39-year-old French national who had already been jailed for 20 years for making threats to kill police officers, was also shot dead.

The incident took place on the Champs-Elysées at 20.50, the shots sending terrified witnesses running for cover.

Two other police officers, also shot while sitting in the van, remain in hospital.

Colleagues of Mr Jugelé have spoken of his work on LGBT rights within the police force - he was a member of an organisation called Flag!

He was part of the response team that was called to the Bataclan following the massacre in which 89 people were murdered by gunmen in November 2015.

He returned to the concert hall when it reopened and spoke to a BBC reporter who was covering the event.

You can listen to the interview here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p050tq3y

Mr Jugelé had been due to transfer to Nanterre in a few day's time.

The Ile-de-France region assembly held a minute's silence for the officer when it met last Friday.

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