Trial of the November 13 attacks: ten months of hearing for history

On November 13, 2015, a terrorist commando sowed death in Paris and Saint-Denis: 130 people were killed, hundreds were injured, thousands marked forever by horror and mourning. In the past 10 months, 20 defendants have been tried for their actions, including Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the commando.

An investigation file of more than a million pages, more than 2,500 civil parties, 327 lawyers. It is an extraordinary trial that has been taking place before the special assize court in Paris for 10 months, and which is about to close. On the bench of the accused is Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the terrorist commandos who sowed death and terror on November 13, 2015. The verdict is expected on June 29.

To try to understand its historical dimension, we went to meet three key players in this trial: a victim, a lawyer and a journalist.

When her life changed on November 13, 2015, Aurélie Silvestre was 34 years old, a three-year-old boy and a baby in her stomach, who was born 4 months later. His companion Matthieu Giroud was at the Bataclan for the Eagles of Death Metal concert. He never came back.

Maître Victor Edou is the lawyer for 12 civil parties in the trial of the November 13 attacks. Before this trial, he had never worked on a terrorist case.

Charlotte Piret is a journalist for France Inter. A specialist in terrorist issues, she has been following the hearings daily since the first in September 2021.

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