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Thursday evening, a terrorist attack took place on the Champs-Élysées, a world-famous avenue in Paris. A gunman attacked a police van around 9 p.m., killing one policeman and injuring two others as well as a passer-by. Police killed the terrorist.
Two hours later, the police LGBT organization Flag! announced on Facebook that the policeman killed during the attack, 37-year-old Xavier Jugelé, was a member of their organization.
“Shocked and moved by the drama affecting National Police and our organization Flag!, the policeman killed tonight was member of our organization,” their Facebook message said. “Flag! extends its condolences to his family, his relatives, his colleagues and our members.”
Flag! also said of Jugelé, “He was really committed to the LGBT cause. He protested with us when there was the homosexual propaganda ban at the Sochi Olympic Games.”
Immediately, commenters sent many testimonies of support to the Flag! Facebook and Twitter pages, including messages from other European LGBT police organizations:
— GPA Scotland (@GPAScotland) April 20, 2017
— LGBT+ Police UK (@LGBTpoliceuk) April 20, 2017
Other French organizations, like the Inter-LGBT coalition, reacted as well:
Toutes nos pensées vont aux policiers touchés et à leurs familles, tout notre soutien à @flagasso qui ont perdu un de leurs ami-e-s
— Inter-LGBT (@InterLGBT) April 21, 2017
Inter-LGBT’s message reads: All our thoughts go to the police forces affected and their families, all our support to @flagasso that has lost one of its member.
French President Francois Hollande announced that a national tribute would be given to the slain officer.
Flag! was founded in 2001 with the main goal of fighting discrimination against LGBT police officers. The group has been officially recognized by France’s Minister of Interior and also provides trainings to police forces nationwide. Flag! is also a member of the European LGBT Police Association along with 11 other European groups.