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Girlfriend to wed dead French soldier

Pregnant girlfriend Caroline Monet of French soldier Abel Chennouf, who was one of seven people allegedly gunned down by Mohamed Merah, will wed her partner in a posthumous ceremony. French seige: Evil 'dead' | Toulouse killer was on 'no-fly' list: US

world Updated: Mar 24, 2012 21:49 IST

A family lawyer says the pregnant girlfriend of a French soldier killed in a dramatic gun rampage will wed her partner in a posthumous ceremony.

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 Qaeda foot soldier.

Investigators have so far found no signs that he was in fact under orders from al Qaeda or any other militant group. Collard says Monet has received preliminary approval from the president's office for the ceremony.

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