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Woman to marry murdered soldier

Published 24/03/2012 | 10:49

Paratrooper Abel Chennouf, 25, was at a bank machine with two comrades when a gunman on a motorcycle shot him dead (AP)
Paratrooper Abel Chennouf, 25, was at a bank machine with two comrades when a gunman on a motorcycle shot him dead (AP)

The pregnant girlfriend of a French soldier killed in a dramatic gun rampage will marry her partner in a posthumous ceremony, a family lawyer says.

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Lawyer Gilbert Collard says that 21-year-old Caroline Monet will marry Abel Chennouf, who was shot dead at a cash machine in the town of Montauban near Toulouse earlier this month.

The 25-year-old soldier was one of seven people allegedly gunned down by Mohamed Merah, a French citizen who claimed to be acting as an al Qaida foot soldier.

Investigators have so far found no signs that he was in fact under orders from al Qaida or any other militant group.

Collard says Monet has received preliminary approval from the president's office for the ceremony.

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