Policeman killed on Champs-Elysées, named as Xavier Jugelé, was deployed in Bataclan attack

David Chazan
Xavier Jugele, who was killed in the Champs-Elysees attack - FLAG

Xavier Jugelé, the policeman shot dead on the Champs-Elysées, was deployed in the 2015 Bataclan attack and attended the Sting concert that reopened the venue last year.

“I’m happy to be here,” Mr Jugelé, 37, told People magazine at the concert in November, a year after the Paris attacks that left 130 dead.

“Glad the Bataclan is reopening. It’s symbolic. We’re here tonight as witnesses. Here to defend our civic values. This concert’s to celebrate life. To say no to terrorists.”

Mr Jugelé, who was shot in the head, was sent to guard the Bataclan immediately after the attack.

He was gay and was in a civil partnership.

An active member of the Flag! association that represents Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender police officers, he served in Paris throughout his career. He belonged to the 32nd Intervention Company that maintains order in the French capital.

French police officer Xavier Jugele was sent to guard the Bataclan after it was attacked

Mickaël Bucheron, a fellow-officer who heads the  association, said: “When I learned that it was one of us [who had been killed], it was shocking. Every time a police officer dies in the line of duty, all of us are very moved and affected by the tragedy. But the emotion is even stronger when you knew him and he was a member of the association.”

Mr Bucheron added: “It takes you a long time to grasp it. We haven’t got words to describe it.”

He described Mr Jugelé as “a good guy, a nice guy and a committed, professional officer”.

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His partner, who has not been named, is also a member of the association although he is not a policeman.

Mr Bucheron said condolences and messages of support had come from the European Gay Police Association and numerous police unions.

Flag! has cancelled its annual Tea Dance. “It didn’t seem humanly possible to go and dance on Sunday when one of our colleagues fell last night,” Mr Bucheron said.

At all of the association’s general meetings, members observe a minute’s silence in honour of fallen comrades.

Its members are considering how best to pay tribute to Mr Jugelé. A national homage is planned next week.

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