Eight stand trial over 2016 Bastille Day attack in Nice

The trial opened in Paris on Monday of eight people accused of involvement in a terrorist attack in the Riviera city of Nice in July 2016, when Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a heavy truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, causing the deaths of 86 people and injuring hundreds of others. But, as Matthieu Suc reports, the more than 850 civil parties – including direct and indirect victims – are likely to be left frustrated by the hearings, not only because of the absence of Bouhlel who died in a firefight with police, but also because of the weakness of the cases against the accused.

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Little more than two months after the end of the trial of 20 defendants accused variously of perpetrating or aiding the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks which left 130 people dead, the same purpose-built courtroom in the centre of the French capital reopened on Monday afternoon for the trial of eight defendants accused of involvement in a horrific terrorist attack in the Riviera city of Nice in July 2016, in which 86 people lost their lives.

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