The pregnant girlfriend of one of the French paratroopers murdered by Mohamed Merah is to be allowed to marry him posthumously, the family's lawyer Gilbert Gollard said Friday.
"We have just obtained from the Elysee (President Nicolas Sarkozy's office) the authorization for Abel Chennouf's girlfriend to marry posthumously," Collard said.
Chennouf was one of two paratroopers shot dead in garrison town Montauban by self-confessed Al-Qaeda militant Merah during his killing spree in southwestern France before he was shot dead by police on Thursday.
His heavily pregnant girlfriend, Caroline, attended a military commemoration ceremony in his memory on Thursday in a wheelchair.
The French president is authorized to allow posthumous marriages in certain cases.
The girlfriends of two policeman killed while on duty in the cities of Marseille and Lyon previously received similar authorizations.
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