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By Catherine Hardy  with AFP
France mourns slain police officer

<p>A ceremony has been held in Paris to honour the police officer shot dead on the Champs Elysee last week.</p> <p>Mourners gathered in the courtyard of main police headquarters in the French capital.</p> <p>They were joined by President Francois Hollande and presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">❗️Une minute de silence a été respectée dans toutes les unités en <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hommage?src=hash">#Hommage</a> au capitaine de <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Police?src=hash">#Police</a> Xavier Jugelé assassiné le 20/04 à <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Paris?src=hash">#Paris</a> <a href="https://t.co/8CjZdYTFD6">pic.twitter.com/8CjZdYTFD6</a></p>— GendarmerieNationale (@Gendarmerie) <a href="https://twitter.com/Gendarmerie/status/856804033620828160">25 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Macron and Le Pen pay tribute to officer killed in Champs Élysées attack <a href="https://t.co/rYyzziWjz9">https://t.co/rYyzziWjz9</a></p>— Guardian World (@guardianworld) <a href="https://twitter.com/guardianworld/status/856828417680883712">25 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3><strong>Xavier Jugele</strong></h3> <p>37-year-old Xavier Jugele died when an attacker opened fire on a police van last Thursday evening.</p> <p>He was sitting in the vehicle and was killed when attacker Karim Cheurfi opened fire.</p> <p>He has been posthumously awarded France’s Legion of Honour.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Attentat des <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChampsElysees?src=hash">#ChampsElysees</a> : Xavier Jugelé, 37 ans, 248ème victime du terrorisme en France depuis 2015. <a href="https://t.co/Zx6zZXahGg">https://t.co/Zx6zZXahGg</a> <a href="https://t.co/9f2tS9UBwX">pic.twitter.com/9f2tS9UBwX</a></p>— La Dépêche du Midi (@ladepechedumidi) <a href="https://twitter.com/ladepechedumidi/status/855383371777794048">21 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/XavierJugele?src=hash">#XavierJugele</a> François Hollande remet la légion d’honneur à Xavier Jugelé à titre posthume. <a href="https://t.co/bzh4dpmep2">pic.twitter.com/bzh4dpmep2</a></p>— Public Sénat (@publicsenat) <a href="https://twitter.com/publicsenat/status/856804629031419904">25 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3><strong>The ceremony</strong></h3> <p>The memorial got underway at 11am at the police headquarters on the Ile de la Cite in the centre of Paris.</p> <p>President Francois Hollande took the salute.</p> <p>Those present included:</p> <ul> <li>Francois Hollande <li>Emmanuel Macron <li>Marine Le Pen <li>former president Nicolas Sarkozy <li>former prime ministers Manuel Valls, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Jean-Pierre Raffarin </ul> <p>130 colleagues of the deceased officer are also present.</p> <p>“Xavier died while doing his duty,” said <strong>Johanna Primevert, the police spokesperson</strong>. “The nation, its citizens and the police have it in their hearts to pay tribute to him and show their admiration for what he has done.” </p> <h3><strong>The grieving partner</strong></h3> <p>Xavier Jugele’s partner gave a moving speech during the ceremony.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">“Cette haine je ne l'ai pas, elle ne te ressemble pas, ne correspond en rien à ce qui faisait battre ton coeur” conjoint du capitaine Jugelé <a href="https://t.co/Pw4VH75SpA">pic.twitter.com/Pw4VH75SpA</a></p>— franceinfo (@franceinfo) <a href="https://twitter.com/franceinfo/status/856799296091553792">25 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>At the same time, a service was held at the town hall of Romorantin, Xavier Jugele’s home town in the Loir-et-Cher department where he will also be buried.</p> <h3><strong>13th of November, 2015</strong></h3> <p>Xavier Jugele had already come face-to-face with terrorism before last Thursday evening.</p> <p>He was sent to the Bataclan concert venue on the night of the Paris attacks on November 13th, 2015.</p> <p>He returned to the Bataclan when it re-opened last November for a concert by the musician, Sting.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Xavier Jugele, le policier tué jeudi soir, était présent au concert de réouverture du Bataclan -> <a href="https://t.co/TiS3BuOVxE">https://t.co/TiS3BuOVxE</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChampsElysees?src=hash">#ChampsElysees</a></p>— Gaël Vaillant (@GaelVaillant) <a href="https://twitter.com/GaelVaillant/status/855364424470863873">21 avril 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>