Paris attacks trial: 'Do we all feel the same about the accused and jihadism? Obviously not'

By Christophe Naudin

The trial of 20 individuals accused of variously perpetrating or helping to carry out the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris continues. As part of its regular coverage of the hearings, Mediapart is publishing the first-hand reactions of seven victims of the massacres as they take part in, and follow, the court proceedings. Here, schoolteacher Christophe Naudin, who survived the shooting massacre at the Bataclan concert hall in which one of his closest friends died, reflects on the five weeks during which the civil parties have been giving evidence, and begins by recounting his own turn, last week, at taking to the witness stand.

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Christophe Naudin, 46, is a history teacher at a French secondary school. On the evening of November 13th 2015, he was attending a concert by US rock band Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan music hall in central Paris when gunmen, acting in the name of the so-called Islamic State group, attacked the venue, killing 90 people, including a close friend of his. Naudin hid for several hours in a storage room before the terrorists were shot and killed by police. While he escaped largely unscathed physically, he has recurrently suffered from the severe effects of post-traumatic stress.