A woman has married her dead boyfriend at a ceremony in France after getting permission from President Sarkozy.
Karen Jumeaux, 22, made use of an obscure French law to wed fiancé Anthony Maillot almost two years after he was killed in a road accident.
She wrote to President Sarkozy to ask permission for a posthumous wedding, which was granted because she could prove they were already planning to marry. The couple met in 2007 and had a baby boy in 2009, shortly before his death at the age of 20.
She tied the knot wearing a white dress and in the presence of family and friends at the town hall ceremony in Dizy-le-Gros, eastern France on Thursday.
She said afterwards: 'I never wanted to do it alone, but fate decided otherwise. Now I am his wife and I will always love him.'