Paris attacks: “We will ensure that this exceptional trial does not become an exceptional trial”

Dthe “suicide bombers” at the Stade de France, the bar terraces and the Bataclan strafed, and the carnage in the heart of Paris: French justice plunges Wednesday and for nine months into the horror of the jihadist attacks of November 13, 2015, the deadliest committed in this country.

This extraordinary trial, the largest criminal hearing ever organized in France, is due to open at midday in the historic courthouse in Paris, under maximum security in a context of a still high terrorist threat.

The special assize court must judge – until May 24 or 25, 2022 – 20 defendants, including the Franco-Moroccan Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of the commandos guided by the Islamic State (IS) group who made 130 dead and more than 350 injured in Paris and Saint-Denis (Paris region), and deeply traumatized France.

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