Paris terror trial: 'I stopped following the proceedings and fear I'll regret it'

By Christophe Naudin

The trial of 20 individuals variously accused of perpetrating or helping to carry out the November 13th 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, in which 130 people died, is due to end this coming week with verdicts expected on Wednesday June 29th. Throughout the trial, which began in September 2021, Mediapart has been publishing first-hand reactions from seven victims of the massacres as they have taken part in, and followed, 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, describes his emotions as the trial comes to a close and reveals how for a long period he stopped following news of the proceedings.

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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. He and fellow victims are civil parties to the criminal trial.